Thank you for contacting my office about health care reform.Â I appreciate hearing from you and I am pleased for the opportunity to respond.
It is undeniable that the health care system in the United States faces some serious challenges.Â Commonly cited figures indicate that more than 45 million Americans have no insurance, which can limit their access to care and their ability to pay for the care they receive. Costs are rising for nearly everyone, and the country now spends over $2.2 trillion, more than 16% of gross domestic product (GDP), on health care services and products, far more than other industrialized countries. For all this spending, the country scores but average or somewhat worse on many indicators of health care quality.
Solutions to these concerns will not come easily and may invariably conflict with one another. For example, expanding coverage to most of the uninsured would likely drive up costs (as more people seek care) and expand public budgets (since additional public subsidies would be required). Cutting costs may threaten initiatives to improve quality. Other challenges include addressing the interests of stakeholders that have substantial investments in the current system and the unease some people have about moving from an imperfect but known system to something that is potentially better but untried.
As a result, health care reform is currently one of the biggest issues facing policymakers.Â President Obama's Fiscal Year 2010 budget includes recommendations regarding health care reform and sets aside a reserve fund of over $635 billion over 10 years to help finance reforms that would aim for universal coverage, affordability, and portability of coverage.Â The current Congress has also placed health care reform high on its list of priorities and a number of bills aiming to provide universal coverage have been introduced in both the House and the Senate.
While I acknowledge the problems with health care in America and am interested in reforming the nation's health care system, I believe that we need to proceed in a manner that preserves the patient-doctor relationship.Â , but it would also stifle the competition and innovation that have made America a world leader in the development of new drugs and medical technologies that have saved millions of lives.
As Congress attempts to reform the health care system, I look forward to working with my colleagues in a bipartisan manner to ensure that health care is affordable, accessible, and of the highest quality.Â I will certainly keep your thoughts in mind, if and when, health care reform legislation comes to the House floor for a vote.
Again, thank you for taking the time to contact me.Â If you have any further questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact my office.Â For other statements and press releases regarding this issue and others, please visit my website at http://candicemiller.house.gov.Â
Exactly how would transfering from the current system of letting an insurance bereaucrat look for as many ways as possible to DENY CARE be WORSE than having all the payments streamlined through a Single Payer system?Â BUREAUCRATS are the ones who are RUINING healthcare NOW.Â Insuance companies pay HUGE bonuses to their bureaucrats to make sure that as few claims are paid as possible, and to find ways to retroactivley DENY CARE. Right now, one of the BIGGEST problems we have is that health care professionals aren't allowed to decide the best course of treatment for their patients, a BUREACRAT in an insurance agency does.Â By the way, who pays for YOUR family's healthcare?Â Who's in charge of THAT?Â Isn't it the taxpayers money that does that?Â Don't YOU have "government run" healthcare?Â Are you so unhappy with it that you would actually STOP accepting it?Â Somehow, I think not.