Were trying to get our message to Members of the Senate Finance Committee, so they understand, Silverman said. Weve done our share, but this goes way beyond. The Senate went looking for dollars and came up with this.
Park said that Quest, which has 43,000 employees, will be briefing select staff on an appropriate role for them to play in the advocacy effort.
Were going to be talking to anyone who will listen to us, Silverman said.
Mertz of the labs association added that a tax on medical labs would ultimately increase the costs of all patients lab work.
This tax is going to be passed on to the patient, he said. It runs counter to the whole goal of this bill, which is supposed to reduce health care costs.
He added that it could have a negative impact on preventive care as well.
The irony is, not only would this raise health care costs, but another key purpose of these bills is to encourage preventive services, early diagnosis, and those preventive services, most of them are lab tests.
Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., right, hugs Harold Schaitberger, General President of the International Association of Fire Fighters, after the Congressman spoke at the IAFF's Legislative Conference General Session at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill, March 9, 2015. The day featured addresses by members of Congress and Vice President Joe Biden.