McMorris Rodgers: Draft Health Care Reform Proposal Troubling

Jun 23, 2009
Health Care

(Washington, D.C.) Today, Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers raised serious questions about a far-reaching proposal to reform our country’s health care.  McMorris Rodgers, a member of the Education and Labor Committee, participated at a committee hearing examining the Majority’s Tri-Committee 852-page draft proposal and released the following statement:
“I believe we are facing a serious health care crisis and we must do everything we can to fix this problem.  Everywhere I go I hear about the lack of doctors, nurses, the high cost of health insurance, and limited access to quality health care.  However, I disagree that this draft legislation is the solution.  Unfortunately, it is nothing more than the first step toward a government takeover of health care, allowing federal bureaucrats to determine health care standards rather than doctors and patients.
“As I approach the current health care debate, I believe the most appropriate solutions should focus on making health insurance more affordable for individuals, small businesses and their employees.  Tax credits and deductions can help.  In rural areas especially, we need to increase the number of health care providers, with incentives and fair reimbursements for doctors and pharmacists. Finally, I believe we must empower parents to make healthy choices for their families and choose the treatments they need in consultation with a doctor they trust.  I would not want anyone else deciding what doctor or treatment my son receives, and I insist that every parent have that same freedom.  

“Health care reform must encompass a comprehensive strategy — one that fosters choice, ensures accountability, reduces costs and promotes wellness.  We can do these things without the federal government setting up shop as a health insurance company.”

Destry Henderson

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