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  •  This is probably as appropriate time as any to (2+ / 0-)
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    askew, desmoinesdem

    post Chuck's response to my e-mail on health care.  Bear in mind that I e-mailed him in August and received this last week.

    Thank you for taking the time to email me. As your Senator, it is important for me to hear from you. Please accept my apology for the delay in my response.

    I appreciate hearing your support for a government-run health insurance plan in the United States.  While I certainly agree we need to improve coverage for the 47 million uninsured Americans, and millions more that are underinsured, I do not view the creation of a government-run health insurance plan as the solution.  In fact, independent analysis has shown that a government plan would increase costs and drive close to 120 million Americans out of private insurance.  Instead, health reform should create stronger rules and regulations for private insurers.        

    The U.S. health care system is a private sector -- rather than a government-run -- system, which allows each citizen to make his or her own decisions about health care. I have found that most people would rather have control over their own health care rather than have the government make the decisions for them.

    Despite the advantages of our current system, however, there are also many problems. We have too many people who can't find affordable insurance because costs are growing too quickly and insurers deny coverage because of pre-existing illnesses. The quality of medical care provided varies from world-class to inefficient and wasteful because the system pays based on the quantity of care provided instead of rewarding quality. I hope we can all agree that any meaningful health reform bill must get costs under control, make coverage more affordable and accessible, and not add to the deficit.

    Health reform must also address the challenges facing small businesses. Often small businesses face such high prices that they are unable to provide coverage for their employees. Fixing this has to be a top priority. Congress should build upon the broad agreement for prohibiting insurers from denying coverage and pricing employers and individuals out of the system. Health insurance exchanges - or a virtual shopping mall of health plan choices - also has strong bipartisan support and would provide assistance to people trying to find the most affordable health plan that meets their medical needs.

    Finally, real health reform should also address the inefficiency in our current Medicare payment systems. Under current law, Medicare providers are rewarded for providing high-cost, low-quality care. We need to reconfigure how we pay for health care so that the best providers are rewarded for innovation and the best outcomes. As these changes in how Medicare pays for health care are voluntarily adopted by private health plans, it will help make sure we are getting the most bang for our health care buck. And to end the high-cost of defensive medicine, health reform should include effective medical malpractice reform.

    Thank you again for contacting me. Please do not hesitate to contact me if I may be of assistance with any federal matter. My offices in Iowa, as well as in Washington, D.C., are here to serve you. Keep in touch!

    Sincerely,
    Chuck

    What a jerk!  Go Roxanne.

    They always say time changes everything, but you actually have to change them yourself. - Andy Warhol

    by deweysmom on Wed Dec 02, 2009 at 07:05:39 PM PST

    •  I have about 20 of those (1+ / 0-)
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      desmoinesdem

      they are coming in every week and I haven't called his office since July.
      I think his staff is getting discombobulated.

      Social Security is a social INSURANCE program - not an INDIVIDUAL retirement account

      by rurallib on Thu Dec 03, 2009 at 05:31:08 AM PST

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