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Letter from the Executive Director - The Healthcare Debate

March 30, 2017



My Opinion:

There has been much discussion and debate over Healthcare legislation during the last eight years, first with the passage of the Affordable Care Act, also referred to as Obamacare, and now with the consideration of the American Health Care Act.  Just as the Democratic controlled Congress in 2009 and 2010 failed to create health care legislation with adequate input and negotiations with Republicans, so too has the Republican controlled Congress taken a similar stance by failing to work with Democrats on addressing the problems with the Affordable Care Act.  Each party, for their own political reasons, has failed to be inclusive in reaching across the aisle to the other party.

Those of us who deal with the patients and families that confront cancer know of the challenges that they and we face every day.  Those in Congress enjoy healthcare coverage that is far more comprehensive than most of us could ever afford.  It should be simple enough for our Representatives to adopt legislation that would guarantee us the same level of coverage as they enjoy.  Instead their drafted legislation should start with that basic premise, The message should be simple, fix the system by working together rather than trying to make political points.  Care more about helping your constituents than beholding to a party platform.

My personal opinion is that we deserve a better effort to try and fix our broken healthcare system than both parties have exhibited during the last eight years.  It is time to reject a hurriedly slapped together piece of legislation that simply will create a new round of problems, this time for a different set of people, instead of fixing the broken system.  There is that old saying, "If you do not take the time to get it right the first time, what makes you think that you will have the time to get it right the second time."  I urge everyone to take the time to read the information on both sides of this issue.  Then I urge everyone to let their Representative and Senators know that we expect them to work together to fix this broken healthcare system once and for all for the benefit of all of us.

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