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Pelosi House Leaders, Committee Chairs Remarks at Press Conference on America's Affordable Health Choices Act
Date:7/17/2009

because it would perpetuate a system which is -- which best practices are then universal and costs are too high. I commend you for proposing delivery systems reforms that will begin the process of transforming our health system so that quality is improved, cost-growth is contained, and waste is reduced."

He goes on to say some other things. And then he says, "We agree as you introduce and make-up the legislation as the gentleman had done, urge you to maintain and strengthen these policies." And that is a very positive letter.

Q: [Inaudible. Question about a different letter, which came out today regarding MedPAC.]

Speaker Pelosi. You're talking about MedPAC? Yes, you're talking about MedPAC, I think. That is something we have been discussing with the Administration and with Mr. Hoyer. I hope he will come back to address it, because he had some concerns about it.

But we think that we tasked -- even before seeing this letter -- tasked the staff to figure out how we could come together so that we get the savings that MedPAC would put forward, but the responsibility of Congress would be reflected in the criteria that we put forth and that the Administration can have what they want. I'm not here to announce that that is final. I'm just saying that is something that under certain circumstances we would be receptive to.

Q: [Inaudible. Question about will House vote regardless of whether Senate votes.]

Speaker Pelosi. We are hoping when we are ready with our legislation. Our plan is to move forward to have a bill on the floor. Well, we have to see what the Senate is going to do. Again, the idea that we may change MedPAC and the rest is something that we have to take up and hasn't been taken up in the committees. Perhaps it will be taken up in Energy and Commerce. But we are on our schedule to bring up the legislation b
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