Saturday, June 20, 2009

An open letter about health care reform to my US Representative, Hank Johnson:

Dear Rep. Johnson,

I see you and the rest of your House Democratic colleagues now have a health care bill. You don't know what it's going to cost (trillions, obviously), or how you're going to fund it (higher taxes, naturally), but by God, you have your bill.

Before you go turning our health care system from the envy of the world to something even Canadians won't use, please consider fixing Medicare first.

Please read this article: http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/opinion/Why-not-just-fix-Medicare-first.html

Read that? Good.

So, if 30% of the spending in Medicare is unnecessary for improving health care outcomes, perhaps your time would be better spent on a bill that reduces Medicare spending by 30%. Of course, since your party crucified Newt Gingrich for proposing a simple slowing of the rate of increase in Medicare spending, I am not holding my breath.

Believe me, I see this for what it is: government grasping for more power, the power now in question being control of my oxygen, should I ever be in hospital. Given that the Washington Times is now referring to the President as a hoodlum (http://washingtontimes.com/news/2009/jun/19/removal-of-an-inspector/), and since I didn't vote for him, I wouldn't put it past him and his (your!) party to start quietly denying medical care to non-supporters.

Please keep your politics and your power-grabbing off my health care. Fix Medicare as a good-faith demonstration of your ability to actually rein in government spending before proceeding with any other plans. Please stop telling me we have a crisis in private spending that can only be fixed by massive increases in public taxing and spending.

You may not want to believe it but when Americans are asked, politicians rate below used-car salesmen in terms of trustworthiness. And given Murtha, Dodd, Stark, Frank, et al., the reputation is well-earned. I wouldn't let a used-car salesman control my oxygen, so where do you get off thinking you ought to have that power?

Please keep your power-grasping hands off my health care.

Thanks in advance,

Patrick Carroll

Livin' in America should be called "confused in America." Anybody follow what his point is? This makes no sense.
You're not very smart, are you?
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