Congress apparently is rushing healthcare legislation because the administration believes it can pull off a bill, any bill, as long as no one takes time for open, honest deliberation and debate. Our Congress needs to think, deliberate, and read rather than just voting for any reform bill.
This is a significant time in that many are prepared to give their best efforts to containing cost and improving accessibility for all. Healthcare reform discussions began as a need for coverage of the uninsured and control of healthcare costs. Coverage for the 95% of people with adequate coverage was not in the forefront. Now it seems the call for reform has evolved into an excuse to invoke government-sponsored and government-controlled healthcare at tremendous cost.
Given the complexity of the issues, congressional leadership needs to be found to urge cautious exploration of the issues, likely approaches, and the consequences of each approach. The latter seems lost in the rush to pass a bill, any bill. Take time and find the answers. It can be done within 12 months without worsening the current economic status.
Robert Cummings, M.D.Hilton Head, S.C.
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