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Toomey Introduces Alternative to Grassley-Wyden Health Care Extender Package

December 9, 2019

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Pat Toomey (R-Pa.), who chairs the Senate Finance Committee's Subcommittee on Health Care, announced an alternative proposal to the Grassley-Wyden health care extender package.

Generally, health extender legislation lengthens an expiring program, tax break, and other initiatives set to expire.

"The Grassley-Wyden proposal neglects to address multiple health care related taxes, dramatically expands and extends the authorization of some well-intentioned programs without any real improvements to protect taxpayers or improve health outcomes for patients, and relies on price controls for prescription drugs - an idea that was rejected by a majority of Republican members of the Senate Finance Committee earlier this year," said Senator Toomey.

"In contrast, my proposal makes permanent tax policies that help patients, consumers, and businesses without adding to the burden our safety net programs are shouldering.

"While I appreciate Chairman Grassley and Ranking Member Wyden's work on these issues, their proposal should be debated and considered by the other members of this committee. Time is short, but my proposal gives health care providers certainty around expiring programs so the committee can work through regular order on a bipartisan package."

Senator Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), who is cosponsoring Senator Toomey's health care extender package, said the following:

"Senator Toomey's health extender package addresses various provisions necessary to fund important, expiring health care programs," said Senator Crapo. "It fully repeals the medical device tax, which has stifled innovation, cost American jobs and driven up health care costs for millions of Americans relying on critical devices needed to improve their lives. I look forward to continue working on fiscally-responsible solutions to fixing our broken health care system."

You can review a draft of Senator Toomey's health care extender package here and a summary here.