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ICYMI: Health Chairman Brett Guthrie Speaks in Favor of Eliminating Discriminatory “Quality Adjusted Life Years”

Washington, D.C. , February 7, 2024 | DJ Griffin (202-225-3501)

In Case You Missed It – Wednesday morning, Congressman Brett Guthrie (KY-02), who serves as the Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Health, delivered the following remarks on the floor of the House of Representatives in support of E&C Chairwoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers’ bill, H.R. 485, the Protecting Health Care For All Patients Act.


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“Mr. Speaker, I thank the chair for yielding and I rise in strong support of HR 485, the Protecting Health Care for All Patients Act, led by the Energy Commerce Committee Chair Rogers.

This bill would permanently ban the use of quality life adjusted years or similar measures under any federal health care program. Quality, adjusted, life years.

Think of that term. Should an academic or Washington bureaucrat be able to say some people are more valuable than others? That vulnerable populations like those with disabilities, don't deserve the same access to treatment as others?

Individuals with disabilities, chronic conditions and others to whom quality, adjusted life years, or similar measures may discriminate against deserve, deserve the chance to choose which treatments they access without a Washington bureaucrat or an academic with no clinical experience making the decision for them.

I support this legislation; I appreciate the chair for bringing it forward and sharing her personal story to why this is important. We all know and love Cole, I didn't know he wanted to be a race car driver, I think I did at sixteen as well. A wonderful young man and he represents, a great group of people that don't deserve be discriminated against.

I support this legislation and urge my colleagues to do so.”

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