Substack Post: What to Make of the House Ways and Means Climate and Health Hearing (September 19th)
This morning I posted this:
It opens with:
This past Thursday the House Ways and Means Committee, with jurisdiction over the Medicare program, held a hearing titled, “Preparing America’s Health Care Infrastructure for the Climate Crisis.” The hearing, the first and only climate crisis-related hearing Ways and Means will hold this Congressional session, was motivated in part by Democratic majority staff’s release of findings resulting from three requests for information (RFIs) majority staff forwarded to industry providers, trade associations and group purchasing organizations earlier this year to help majority staff “better understand how climate events have impacted the health sector, as well as steps the health care industry is taking to address its role in mitigating the climate crisis.”
The hearing and accompanying RFI findings are notable for at least five reasons.