Letter: Health Care Reform Shuts out One Party

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Letter: Health Care Reform Shuts out One Party


Rick Fischer, Loudon

The approach to health care that the News Sentinel and Bill Frist advocate is deeply flawed. You both advocate keeping Obamacare, tinkering with it around the edges. Obamacare was written by Democrats who will now generously allow Republicans to tinker, but only as long as Democrats approve the mending.

Stop and think for a minute what you are building here. Obamacare is more than 2,000 pages of a mere outline of a health care system. It creates dozens of powerful boards and commissions, none of which is accountable to citizens or even the courts, that will each write thousands of pages of standards, regulations and rules that will become our health care law. That alone creates a nightmare of inefficiency and legal pitfalls.

Now you and Frist advocate adding layers of additional laws nullifying this part, changing that part and adding new parts. You're building an impossible legal tangle and administrative jumble that will choke the system. …

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