Two obstetricians who strongly oppose the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act will lead the House's GOP Doctors Caucus after the new 113th Congress is sworn in early next month.
Rep. Phil Roe (R-Tenn.), an obstetrician who currently serves as vice chairman of the group that includes 21 healthcare providers, will become the group's new co-chairman alongside current co-chairman Rep. Phil Gingrey (R-Ga.). Gingrey co-founded the caucus in 2009 with Rep. Tim Murphy (R-Pa.), a psychologist who currently serves as the other co-chairman. Roe will succeed Murphy, who announced he will step down from his role to focus on his responsibilities as the new chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee.
“Our priority remains a full repeal of the Affordable Care Act, but we will work together to address some of the worst parts of the legislation and to find ways to lower the cost of medical care, repeal the Independent Payment Advisory Board, implement meaningful medical malpractice reforms and fight fiercely to preserve the doctor-patient relationship,” Roe—who has sponsored legislation to repeal the IPAB—said in an announcement about the leadership changes.
Meanwhile, registered nurse Rep. Diane Black (R-Tenn.) will take over Roe's vice chairman spot. Black will serve with Rep. John Fleming (R-La.), the group's other vice chair who, like Gingrey, will maintain his position.