"September 16, 2009
Thank you for taking the time to contact me regarding health care reform. I appreciate hearing from you on this critical subject.
I have grave concerns with the health care reform proposals currently being considered in Congress. Proponents of a public option suggest that the United States government should provide health care to all citizens. While a noble goal, this coverage would not be free and we, as a nation, would have to pay for this massive expansion of the federal government. I simply do not believe the American people desire or deserve what government run health care would result in - higher taxes and larger deficits.
While we need to enact reforms on our health care system that will reduce costs and improve access, our nation's pocketbook cannot withstand the deep deficits this colossal health care entitlement program would create. Instead, we need a system that restores the patients and doctors as the center of every health care decision rather than the government and insurance companies.
There are steps that can be taken to reform our current health care system that would build on the strengths of our present system without adding further government bureaucracy and taxes. By making insurance portable, expanding health savings accounts, reducing frivolous lawsuits that provide only marginal assistance to injured patients and drive up our health care costs, emphasizing preventative care, reducing administrative costs and making insurance more accessible to small business and individuals, we can efficiently decrease the costs that currently burden Americans while expanding coverage; thus, improving quality and making health care more affordable.
Please rest assured that I will keep your thoughts in mind as Congress continues working to improve the health care system in the United States. If I may be of further assistance, please do not hesitate to let me know.