To the Journal editor:
I'm writing in response to the May 9 Letter to the Editor. Having been in healthcare for nearly three decades, Dr. Benishek is in a better position than most to provide sensible healthcare solutions. The ACA was referred to as being "a step in the right direction given the failure of the single payer approach." Given the hyper-partisanship required to pass the ACA, Former Speaker Pelosi saying "we need to pass the bill to find out what is in it," Kathleen Sibelius, the Secretary of Health and Human Services, not knowing if added to the federal deficit, and the impending unconstitutionality of the individual mandate, forgive me if my take on the ACA isn't so rosy.
Americans need greater access to healthcare, however not in a matter so egregiously unconstitutional, nor so expensive. The ACA was only projected to cost $940 billion when it was passed, that number has since ballooned to $1.76 trillion. Having a single governmental healthcare program like the ACA would not be cost-effective, nor would it provide pragmatic treatment.
There are many ways to address the expanding costs of healthcare, including eliminating nonsensical regulation and enacting tort-reform laws, two things Dr. Benishek has sought to do while in office. We also need to let competition work. Insurers are indeed profit-driven, but need a pool of insured to provide this much needed service. Dr. Benishek is exploring ways to provide insurance for the uninsured, so that the cost doesn't continue to be shifted to those who are paying for insurance. He's also exploring the most efficient ways to make insurance affordable for the uninsured without requiring them to purchase a product from the government. Unfortunately little of Dr. Benishek's ideas, like most Republicans, were in the final law because the legislation was railroaded through Congress.
Most importantly, Dr. Benishek is dedicated to reforming Medicare without taking a penny away from anyone currently using it, including many residents of this district. However, the funds for Medicare are set to dry up by 2033, and Dr. Benishek understands that changes need to be made so that this service can be provided to future generations.
It should be obvious who I'm voting for in November.