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Fixing Health Care - Dear Mr. President Part II
Thursday, March 05, 2009

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Wayne Shepherd:  Welcome to today's edition of The Public Square®.  I'm Wayne Shepherd.  I’ve got a feeling we are going to be reading a lot of these letters to the President this year. Here is the second in the series on principles of the health care debate.

Dave Zanotti: 
Dear Mr. President,

Thanks for taking the time to read our last letter. Hope you don’t mind when lots of people copy these letters and pass them along to you and your staff. They honestly are trying to encourage you and the Congress to remember how people really feel about this issue. It's pretty hard for most of us to get to Washington these days with the economy and all; but we want you to know this debate really matters.

Here is a third principle we all seem to agree on: “Put Doctors First”. Doctors are not the enemy, they may even be the cure. We know everyone talks about rising costs. But we pay those costs. We pay them with our insurance premiums, our co-pays, and our taxes. Sometimes we have to work extra hours, even extra jobs to keep up; but it's worth it.

We want the right to choose our own Doctors. We know them. It’s not the docs who are ripping us off. They are trying to help us get better. Now, we’ve all run into a few we don’t like but docs are not the problem out here. The problem is the bureaucracy that keeps us from our Docs and our Docs from practicing medicine.

In fact, it seems like the docs are the ones who should be making more health care decisions – not less. Can’t we change the system so the people who know the most about healthcare and care the most about patients, make more of the decisions?

WS:  The Public Square is a production of The American Policy Roundtable. For The Public Square®, I'm Wayne Shepherd. 

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