Over the past few months Congress shifted its focus from the economy to health care reform. During that time I've heard from many of you, and time again your message has been 'I do not want a government takeover of my health care.' The President recently spoke to a Joint Session of Congress on this important issue. Below is an editorial I sent to newspapers around the state after hearing his speech. Our health care system does have its problems, but none of the five proposals introduced to date address those issues in a responsible way. I hope you will take the time to read this editorial and let me know your thoughts on this very important issue that affects each and every one of us.
I heard complaints about our current system and that some reform is needed, but time and again, Idahoans told me we must know the consequences of any proposal before it is enacted.
It was disappointing to hear the President push, once again, for a government takeover and a public option when he addressed Congress and America. I cannot support the goal he and the liberal members of his party have, which is the takeover of America's health care system. The President's speech had some ideas we all agree could reform health care, but he has not delivered a specific bill with details of how to accomplish those reforms.
If we want reform, there are four things we must do:
So, what should be done to reform health care? I urge:
We can and must improve the delivery of affordable health care in America. It won't be easy, but it is time to get to work.