I received a reply from my congressman.  It follows:

Thank you for contacting me with your thoughts on how we can repair our broken healthcare system. I appreciate hearing your views on this important issue.

The Affordable Care Act, more commonly known as Obamacare, has been harmful to a majority of the American people. Nearly 4.7 million people have been kicked off of their healthcare plans. Premiums have risen by an average of 25% this year alone and nearly a third of US counties have only one insurer offering an exchange plan. Recently, the CEO of Aetna, one of the country’s largest health insurance companies, stated that Obamacare is in a “death spiral”. It is becoming increasingly obvious that we must repeal Obamacare and repair the damage done to our nation’s collapsing healthcare system.

In order to fix our broken health care system, we must make reforms that are patient-centric, promote competition and consumer choice, and strips government mandates and costly penalties. Combined together, these principles will drive down costs and allow Americans to take back control of their health care choices from Washington.

Recently, President Trump and Congressional Republicans followed these ideas by introducing H.R. 1628, the American Health Care Act. This bill, paired together with administrative action and additional legislation, would have repealed Obamacare’s taxes and used conservative reforms to fix our nation’s health care system. In addition to gutting Obamacare, H.R. 1628 instituted some of the strongest pro-life protections in decades. This bill would have defunded Planned Parenthood for one year and prevented any tax payer dollars from being used to buy health care plans that covered abortions. Unfortunately, due to a wide range of opinions on how we should fix our health care system, this bill didn’t have the support necessary to pass the House and it was pulled from consideration. As President Trump continues to confer with Congress on how we can improve H.R. 1628, House Republicans will continue to work diligently to repeal Obamacare and rebuild our health care system.

Our current healthcare system under Obamacare is hurting more than it is helping, as premiums and deductibles continue to increase and options decrease. Our country deserves a health care system that does not lead with bureaucratic mandates and costly penalties, but rather with empowering families and individuals to make the health care choices that work best for them. I remain committed in my fight to repeal Obamacare and repairing our nation’s health care system.

Again, thank you for contacting me; I appreciate hearing your opinion on this issue. If you have any further questions, please don’t hesitate to call, write, or email me.

I noted that through this presentation, no where did he say any commitment to remove government healthcare.  That was my letter to him.  I note the phrase “rebuild our health care system.”  That implies the government’s hands in our affairs.  This is the exact opposite of what we want.  I want to be left alone to deal with my affairs.  As a reminder, part of the high cost of health care is that it started by cost controls may decades ago and businesses used health insurance as a ploy to attract better workers.  The government set up a false scenario and the economy responded.  Later, in the 80’s, a law passed requiring hospitals to give away their services for free.  That is impossible.  Therefore, hospitals overcharge those of us who use their services to pay for those who don’t pay.  Again, the government set up a false scenario and the economy responded.  The government allows lawyers to charge incredible fees for malpractice and prices are increased to cover malpractice insurance and legal costs.  I did a research project in college showing doctors who would not see a patient because of the chance for increased liability costs.  I’m trying to make the point that whenever the government gets involved, there are cost or accessibility problems.  Get out of health care and leave us alone.  Imagine the changes which would occur if people shopped and paid for their own health care.

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