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3 Republicans urge house leadership to set up healthcare committee

Inside Health Policy, November 16, 2012
Three House Republicans are proposing to shift all healthcare jurisdiction away from the powerful Energy & Commerce and Ways & Means committees to a new Committee on Health Care, according to a 'Dear Colleague' letter they sent to Republicans on Nov. 14, and are eying Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) as a potential head of the proposed committee. The lawmakers intend to offer the proposal as an amendment at the Republican Organizing Conference. The proposal is being pitched by Reps. Doc Hastings (R-WA), Rob Woodall (R-GA) and Reid Ribble (R-WI), who said in their email to Republican colleagues, if the party is committed to reforming the federal government and repealing the Affordable Care Act, establishment of a new health care committee represents the best chance.