U.S. Representative Vern Buchanan (R-FL) was named Jan. 26 co-chair of the Healthy Future Task Force, which was created by U.S. Republican leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) to develop Republican health reform initiatives.
The appointment follows Rep. Buchanan’s appointment as a ranking member of the U.S. Health Care Ways and Means Subcommittee and as a member of the Joint Committee on Taxation, a 10-member panel that includes senior members. Senate and House tax drafting committees.
“This is a tremendous opportunity to drive health and fiscal policy this year and into the future,” Rep. Buchanan said Jan. 26. “I look forward to this exciting new challenge to improve the lives of all Americans, as well as strengthen the economy.
On the Healthy Future Task Force, Rep. Buchanan plans to hold listening sessions with fellow Republicans and hear firsthand from Americans as they craft proposals focused on a myriad of issues, such as reducing the cost of health care, increasing patient choice of providers, encouraging investment. in new remedies and therapies, and protect the elderly and the most vulnerable, according to its staff.
Such work will coincide with Rep. Buchanan’s duties as the lead Republican on the House Ways and Means Health subcommittee, which oversees traditional health insurance and its prescription drug benefit, Medicare Advantage, and health-related issues. medical education, access to health care and private health insurance programs. and subsidies paid through the tax code, among others, according to his Jan. 19 statement.
“I am honored to lead Republicans on this crucial panel that oversees health care in our country,” Rep. Buchanan said. “I look forward to working with my congressional colleagues to advance an agenda that makes health care more affordable and accessible for every American.”
The congressman said his subcommittee’s agenda will be patient-focused that encourages innovation and increases personalized healthcare choices, and he also plans to work on strengthening Medicare, the strengthening telehealth services and prioritizing preventive care, its staff said.
As one of two Republicans on the Joint Committee on Taxation, Rep. Buchanan will help draft and analyze legislative proposals. The group, established in 1926, also prepares revenue estimates of all tax laws considered by Congress and drafts legislative histories for tax-related bills, according to its staff.
“I am honored to join this respected panel, which includes a large and experienced team of economists, analysts and accountants who provide advice to Congress on tax legislation,” the congressman said.