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Letter from George's Rep
« on: August 13, 2009, 09:59:45 pm »
I wrote my own response.  I will not be sending it to him because I don't live in Utah, but I thought it might be useful:

Jim,
I also desperately want healthcare reform that would result in lower cost for all Americans and vastly increase the quality of care.  

The president may say he will not sign into law a bill that adds to the deficit or fails to slow the growth of healthcare cost.  If true, this would please me since ANY bill that you can come up with is certain to fail both these test.  Unfortunately, I have ample reason to doubt the Presidents honesty.  I believe that he will sign whatever boondoggle you and your fellows end up sending to his desk.
I must agree with you on one point.  The status quo is untenable.  Fortunately, I have a workable solution.
My solution will reduce the cost of insurance, medical procedures and healthcare administration without costing the taxpayer one red cent.  My plan would free small businesses from the burden of healthcare expenses while guaranteeing the American keep their unequaled standard of care .  My plan is simple and twofold:

1.   Get government out of healthcare entirely.

2.   Enact effective tort reform

Since it is obvious that you are more interested in increasing the size and scope of government than serving the American people, I'll be making it my person mission to ensure that you never again hold elected office.

Sincerely,
 
« Last Edit: August 15, 2009, 01:08:17 pm by only1asterisk »

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    Re: Letter from George's Rep
    « Reply #1 on: August 15, 2009, 03:51:19 am »
    Can we here an Amen for tort reform.
     I'm ready for the Brit system, loser pays.  Freeking tort lawyers have driven up the cost of everything.  Cessna even stopped building single engines for while until a Kansas State Senator got a liability time limit passed for aircraft. It was too late to do me any good though.  Let's just say the bastards have cost me jobs and have put a liability tax on every manufactured item that I can think of.

    What I fear is that it will take real drastic moves to get the tort lawyers claws out of the legislative branches of state and federal governments.

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    Re: Letter from George's Rep
    « Reply #2 on: August 16, 2009, 11:14:29 am »
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    Dear Mr. Hill,

     

    Thank you for writing regarding health care reform.  I appreciate your interest in the issues facing our country and state, and I am glad for the opportunity to respond to your inquiry.  By contacting me on issues of importance to you, I can better represent Utah in Congress.

     

    As someone whose family includes doctors who count many Utahns as patients, and as a father who wants a healthy future for his children, I have a deep commitment to passing comprehensive, deficit-neutral health care reform.  Such an overhaul should lower costs for Utah families and businesses, increase the quality of care provided and expand access for every American.

     

    The President has said he will not sign a health care bill that 1) adds to the deficit and 2) fails to lower the excessive growth of long term health costs.  I share those goals. According to the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office, the bill recently considered by the House Energy and Commerce Committee fails on both counts.

     

    Skyrocketing health care costs are straining family budgets, threatening the survival of small businesses and exploding our national deficit.  Even Utahns with good insurance coverage know they are paying more and more in premiums, deductibles, and co-payments and they are getting less and less. Over the past nine years, premiums have doubled, now rising at twice the rate of wages.  Health care spending now consumes 30% more of state and local budgets than it did 20 years ago, leaving less money for things like schools and public safety and increasing pressure to raise taxes.

     

    The same is true for our country as a whole.  Health care costs are the number one driver of our long-term deficits, which is why achieving health care reform is the single most important thing we can do for our nation's long-term fiscal health.

     

    The status quo is unsustainable, and to preserve what is best about our system, we have to fix what is broken.  If we do not contain explosive costs, everyone's insurance will be in jeopardy.  Premiums will continue to rise, benefits will erode and the number of uninsured, including 298,000 uninsured Utahns, will swell.

     

    In Congress, I have proposed several substantive ideas to reach bi-partisan, common-sense, responsible health care reform legislation.  Some of these ideas have been incorporated, but several key concerns have yet to been addressed.

     

    My view is that in order to get real cost savings, we must reform the incentives of a system that equates expensive care with better care.  For example, Utah has been at the forefront of innovation in cost-saving health information technology and the development of practices which improve the quality of care and reduce costs.  National health care reform should build on Utah's example.  Additionally, we need to align incentives for doctors and hospitals so that they are reimbursed based on the quality of care they provide, not on how many tests or procedures they prescribe.  Currently, one-third of the $2 trillion spent on health care in this country goes towards administrative costs, not to patient care.  Lastly, we must cut down on fraud, waste, and abuse while developing a more efficient, less bureaucratic system.

     

    There is broad consensus that Americans currently without insurance should be provided an opportunity to receive affordable coverage, not only because it is the right thing to do, but also because people without insurance have to be treated in emergency rooms, and then we all end up paying for it.  I also believe insurers should not be able to deny coverage based on pre-existing conditions, should not be able to hike premiums when people become ill, and should invest in prevention and wellness programs.

     

    Because the issue of health care reform is so complex and the imperative to get it right is so strong, I believe it is worth taking the necessary time to debate, amend, review and discuss with my constituents any comprehensive bill.  We can accomplish this and bring affordability, stability and better health to all of us.

     

    Again, thank you for sharing your concerns with me.  If you have any additional questions, please feel free to contact my office.

       

     
       

          Sincerely,

       


    Yeah... so the response I got was another canned message similar to the first.   I'm starting to not like the guy.  He's just not genuine. 
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