Sen. Colbeck to serve on health care panels, advance legislative agenda in Washington, D.C.

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Senator Patrick Colbeck

Senator Patrick Colbeck

LANSING, Mich. — State Sen. Patrick Colbeck, R-Canton, announced on Thursday that he would be participating in two important health care symposiums over the weekend in Washington, D.C. Dr. Thomas Price, the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services, will be featured at a conference, as will former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich and other health care reform experts.

“When I talk to people in the district about health care, they’re continually shocked at how much government-mandated bureaucracy and bloated administrative levels cost all of us in our health care system,” Sen. Colbeck said. “Many laws that have been passed under faulty premises that they would save money actually cost us more, and are simply now being used by entrenched special interests to increase their profits at our expense.

“While we can do much to address this in Michigan if we have the will to, much can also only be done at the federal level, and I intend to use this opportunity to push hard while I am down in D.C. for the results we need to be able to see back here at home.”

Topics at the conferences include allowing for the expansion of Direct Primary Care, especially as it relates to new options for tax-free health savings accounts. The senator is the author of Senate Concurrent Resolution 10, which advocates for those and other needed health care changes.

Sen. Colbeck will also be pushing for reforming so-called “certificate of need” programs, which drive up health care costs by stifling competition and limiting needed medical technology in rural and other underserved areas.

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