It is Time for a National Healthcare Task Force
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Subject line: We must fix the health care system
I’m writing to respectfully request your help to make sure every American citizen is guaranteed a
realistic and essential-based health care plan. I’m asking that you work with your fellow members of
Congress to refocus the national discussion on improving health care for all Americans. And I’m
asking that you seriously consider the proposal and information stated in this request. To consider
repealing the ACA without a Humane and Adequate replacement is irresponsible and demonstrates
a total lack of compassion toward the people who placed their trust in you.
So I ask you, how is it possible that in the United States we are currently paying twice as much for
health care as any other industrialized nation in the world? Australia, Canada, France, Germany, New
Zealand, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom all provide universal health care for
all their citizens and pay far less than we do. To rightfully continue calling ourselves the greatest
nation on earth – which I truly believe we are – we cannot ignore the fact that in America millions of
people do not have health care and we’re paying double what other industrialized nations pay.
Health care costs are obviously out of control and there are no safety valves to eliminate the double
digit yearly increases. Until we have an honest, frank and factual discussion about pricing, profits and
our moral obligation, there will be no responsible and long-lasting solution to our problem.
Furthermore, entirely absent from this discussion is the Moral Element. Health care is not like buying
a television, car or cell phone. If a consumer wants the latest iPhone but can’t afford it, there are
other options. Many times if a consumer can’t afford the recommended treatment a doctor
prescribes, they suffer and die. Health care cannot be viewed in a vacuum along with normal
consumer goods. Health care is about life and death, that is a fact.
Doing nothing will only make things worse, and rushing into a quick fix will also prove fatal. Experts
have indicated that one of the best ways to approach this problem is to freeze the cost of our health
care system for one year, fully fund the exchanges to continue covering those that are presently in
the system, and most importantly, establish a task force consisting of experts within every aspect of
the health care industry. Their charge would be to come together and openly and honestly evaluate
our health care system and determine what’s needed to fix the system. This process must be fully
transparent and provide daily/weekly reports to the American people. This health care task force
must achieve this goal in one year or less.
I would also request a serious discussion about a national health care model similar to the other
industrialized nations. A system where every working adult pays into a pool, much like social security,
and is then guaranteed coverage. The success and failure of any insurance program is predicated on
developing a large enough pool of participants to sustain the costs of care. This system would
undoubtedly reduce the cost and ensure coverage for all Americans because every working American
will pay their share. Everyone in America should have a reasonable, practical and appropriate health
care plan, plain and simple. If all the other industrialized nations in the world can do it, why can’t we?
Furthermore, American Citizens are required to have home owners insurance and car insurance to
protect themselves and others from tragedy and financial ruin. Why is health insurance, a protection
that directly addresses quality of life and death, any less or any different than the other protections
provided by required insurance? It is guaranteed that throughout our lives, all of us will need health
care at one point. That’s why it’s imperative that our elected officials seriously work together and be
completely transparent and honest in order to solve this problem for the future.
To be clear, our current health care system, because of price gouging, is not affordable for the
majority of Americans. It is totally unsustainable because there are no adequate pricing safety valves
and millions of Americans don’t even have health insurance. Therefore, it is imperative to require “all
hands on deck” in order to get this done. We must improve upon the system that we have in place
today, and provide universal coverage like all other industrialized nations.
I appreciate you taking the time to consider my concerns and hope that as a nation, we can come
together to find a better way to take care of all our American citizens. We cannot allow Party to
prevent our success as a nation. This is about life and death; could there be anything else more
important? Please make it happen.
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