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  • Schrader Bill to Lower Drug Costs Moves Forward with Unanimous Support
    Posted in Press Releases on May 18, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Healthcare Resources Center

    Today Congressman Kurt Schrader’s (OR-05) bipartisan bill to lower drug costs was unanimously approved by the Energy and Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Health during the markup of the FDA Reauthorization Act of 2017. “This has long been an area where Congress needed to act to put a stop to abuses by unscrupulous, bad actors,” said Rep. Schrader. “In recent years, in particular, we’ve seen dramatic price hikes on life-saving drugs occur, some overnight. But, we know that when generic drugs ... Read more

  • Schrader on GOP Repeal Attempt: It's Easy to Throw Bombs. Governing is Tough.
    Posted in Press Releases on March 24, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Healthcare Resources Center

    Earlier today, Congressman Kurt Schrader (OR-5) joined his colleagues in four hours of debate on the House floor to urge a no vote on the Republican repeal bill which was estimated to strip health care from 24 million Americans. The vote on the bill was pulled this afternoon. “I guess I am not really surprised that the Republican ACA repeal bill was not even brought to a vote,” said Rep. Schrader. “It’s easy to throw bombs. Governing is tough. We had months of hearings and public engagement on t... Read more

  • Schrader: CBO Confirms GOP Repeal Bill Would Be Catastrophic For Tens of Millions
    Posted in Press Releases on March 13, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Healthcare Resources Center

    Congressman Kurt Schrader (OR-5), member of the Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health and current co-chair of the Affordable and Accessible Healthcare Task Force for the New Democrat Coalition, released the following statement on the Congressional Budget Office report on the Republican bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act. “Last week, we were forced to vote on this bill in committee without knowing its real world effect on our wallets or our health care,” said Rep. Schrader. “Now CBO has ... Read more

  • Schrader Calls for CBO Score on Republican Repeal Bill
    Posted in Press Releases on March 8, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Budget, Deficit Reduction & Fiscal Reform, Healthcare Resources Center

    Today during the Energy and Commerce markup of the Republican Repeal Bill, Congressman Kurt Schrader (OR-5) attempted a motion to delay the markup until a CBO score on the bill is released. The motion was tabled without debate. “All I tried to ask for is a delay in consideration of this bill until we have all of the facts,” said Rep. Schrader. “How can we seriously consider a bill without knowing the real-world effect it would have on our economy, our pocket books, and most importantly, our cons... Read more

  • Lawmakers Revise Bill to Speed Generic Drug Approvals
    Posted in Schrader in the News on March 8, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Healthcare Resources Center

    A House bill aimed at getting more generic drugs on the market won’t be moving on a fast track to markup. The legislation ( H.R. 749) is intended to lower drug prices by introducing more generic drug competition. Drugmakers are under heavy scrutiny by lawmakers, consumers, medical professionals and the president for their pricing practices. The measure was introduced Jan. 30 by Reps. Gus Bilirakis (R- Fla.) and Kurt Schrader (D-Ore.). The sponsors and House Energy and Commerce Committee staff ar... Read more

  • Schrader, Bilirakis Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Lower Drug Costs
    Posted in Press Releases on January 30, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Healthcare Resources Center

    Today, Congressman Kurt Schrader (D-OR-5) and Congressman Gus Bilirakis (R-FL-12) introduced a bipartisan bill to lower the cost of prescription drugs by increasing competition in the market. The Lower Drug Costs Through Competition Act will incentivize drug makers to develop generic drugs when competition currently does not exist, or when there is a drug shortage. “The greed and abuse of power we’ve seen from certain unscrupulous drug companies in recent years is disgusting,” said Congressman S... Read more

  • Schrader Wants to Speed Up Approval Time for Generic Drugs
    Posted in Schrader in the News on October 26, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Healthcare Resources Center

    The Lower Drug Costs Through Competition Act would give the FDA six months to approve generic drugs, for which a brand name version of the active drug has already been authorized. The bill has bipartisan support, and he believes it could be passed as part of the year-end negotiations in President Obama’s lame-duck session. U.S. Rep. Kurt Schrader has introduced legislation with bipartisan support that he believes will limit pharmaceutical profiteering and encourage manufacturers to produce gener... Read more

  • Schrader Responds to President's Final State of the Union Address
    Posted in Press Releases on January 12, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: National Defense, Energy & Environment, Immigration, Healthcare Resources Center, Small Business, Transportation & Infrastructure, Trade

    Congressman Kurt Schrader (OR-05) released the following statement in response to President Obama’s final State of the Union address tonight. Schrader entered office in 2009, when Obama was sworn in for his first term as President. “Our country is in a much stronger position than it was 7 years ago. We’ve added over 14 million private sector jobs since 2008 and in the last two years have experienced the strongest private sector job growth since 1997 to 1999. Unemployment has dropped from 10 to 5... Read more

  • Schrader Slams Another Attempt to Repeal Affordable Care Act
    Posted in Press Releases on January 6, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Healthcare Resources Center

    Congressman Kurt Schrader (OR-05) voted against the budget reconciliation act today. The legislation effectively dismantles the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Schrader took to the House floor to express his displeasure with the bill. Below is a transcript of his remarks and a link to the video: “After drafting and passing a trillion-dollar, deficit-busting tax and budget bill last month, my Republican colleagues now want to get some money back—on the backs of middle- and lower-income Americans. Thes... Read more

  • Schrader Pushes VA Director to Improve Doctor Retention
    Posted in Press Releases on September 4, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Oregon First, Healthcare Resources Center

    Congressman Kurt Schrader today sent a letter to Portland Veterans Administration (VA) Director Joanne Krumberger urging her to address a troubling increase in departures of Primary Care Providers (PCP) at the Salem Community Based Outpatient Clinic (CBOC). “The inability for the VA Portland Health Care System to recruit and retain healthcare providers is very troubling and appears to be an ongoing problem that has yet to be resolved,” Schrader wrote. Recently two temporary Primary Care Provider... Read more