A congressional panel that leads U.S. efforts to shape how the country raises and spends money today gave all House members a few minutes to talk about health care proposals and tax ideas.
In spite of complaints about Republicans' and Democrats' inability to work together to get anything done, the House Ways and Means Committee has achieved some major accomplishments in the past two years.
The panel helped shape efforts to fix the Medicare "sustainable growth rate" provider reimbursement problem, and it also helped keep the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) from becoming insolvent sometime around this year's elections.
Today, Pat Tiberi, the chairman of the committee's health subcommittee, organized a "member day" hearing. Instead of listening to expert witnesses from outside Congress testify, committee members listened to their colleagues' thoughts about health-related tax provisions.
Many hearing participants shared ideas for improving health savings accounts (HSA) and other personal health accounts, and improving the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) provisions related to commercial health insurance.