AUSTIN— Today, Monday, Dec. 10, 2018 beginning at 9:00 a.m., Dr. Deane Waldman, the director of the Center for Health Care Policy at the Texas Public Policy Foundation, will provide invited testimony before the Senate Committee on Business and Commerce.

The Committee will be considering the recent trend of consolidations and mergers in healthcare, new federal rules and regulations, and the effects on Texas consumers.

“Access to care is going down and prices are going up. This is precisely the opposite of what Texans expect from healthcare reform,” said Dr. Waldman. “Consolidations and mergers are happening but they are symptoms not the cause, and treating symptoms never cured a patient. The root cause is excessive government regulation of healthcare that stifles competition. More regulations and stricter enforcement will make things worse not better, both in the larger commercial market and in Medicaid. The answer is to repeal and reverse rules and regulations that suppress market forces. The only way to simultaneously lower prices and increase access to care is with empowered consumers and sellers who compete for consumers’ dollars.”

Who: Dr. Deane Waldman, Director of the Center for Health Care Policy
What: Invited Testimony before the Senate Committee on Business and Commerce
When: Monday, December 10, 2018 beginning at 9:00 a.m.
Where: Texas Capitol | Meeting Room E1.016 | 1100 Congress Ave. Austin, TX 78701