Did you know as of August 2019 there are currently over 7,600 bills and resolutions before Congress? Of those 7,600 bills, there’s one that the fitness industry has been working on for a long time; The PHIT Act will allow Americans to use flexible spending accounts (FSAs) and health savings accounts (HSAs) to pay for health club memberships, fitness equipment, exercise videos, and youth sports leagues.
A bill like this could potentially help save $116 billion a year in national healthcare costs. Let’s take a step back though—how likely is a bill to pass Congress? Looking at the last 19 years, on average, lawmakers introduced more than 12,000 bills and resolutions in each of the previous 10 two-year Congresses. According to GovTrack.us, of those bills, each Congress enacted an average of 417 laws. That’s only 3.43% of legislation becoming law.
So, what makes us think the PHIT Act stands a chance? It’s not because in 2018 PHIT passed the House of Representatives for the first time—although that’s pretty awesome. Nor is the fact the PHIT Act consistently brings in bipartisan support and is something on which members of all parties can agree. What makes PHIT stand out is the passion and dedication of the person who introduced the bill this year and has stood behind the importance of this bill for the last 10 years.
I’m talking about Congressman Ron Kind (D-WI), who recently answered a few questions for us about why the PHIT Act is so important to him and our country.