Outlining the work of his committee for the 113th Congress, the chairman of the influential House Ways and Means Committee said his panel will make efforts to overhaul the nation's entitlement programs and repeal Medicare's troublesome physician payment formula.
Chairman Dave Camp (R-Mich.) said his panel would begin the work of entitlement reform by examining budget proposals in the past few years—such as the one from the president's fiscal commission led by Erskine Bowles and former Sen. Alan Simpson (R-Wyo.)—that include entitlement-reform recommendations.
“I think we want to go back and start at the beginning and look where we can find common ground,” Camp said during a briefing with reporters in the Capitol. “The goal there is how do we strengthen that safety net—how do we make those programs viable for the long term, and that's going to be one of the priorities we have.”