Andrew Mangione – Through the recent introduction of the “Safeguarding Care of Patients Everywhere Act,” or “SCOPE Act,” Rep. Phil Gingrey (R-GA) seeks to unburden the public from one of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act’s (PPACA) most troubling provisions. The SCOPE Act justly repeals section 1311 (h) of PPACA, which grants broad authority to the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) to determine what constitutes quality care and to essentially dictate how physicians practice medicine in America. AMAC firmly believes the Secretary of HHS – an unelected government bureaucrat – should not be allotted such open-ended authority. When polled on our website, AMAC members overwhelmingly agreed that the Secretary of HHS should not have absolute authority to decide which doctors and hospitals are qualified to provide care. Recognizing that the practice of medicine is not one-size-fits-all, the SCOPE Act takes responsible legislative steps to preserve the doctor-patient relationship. For this reason, AMAC has delivered a letter of support to the office of Rep. Gingrey and will continue to support this bill’s effort to dial back the excesses of ObamaCare.
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