Count Cynthia Davis among those who thinks Medicare is some sort of socialist program and is unconstitutional to boot.
In a letter sent to Senators Kit Bond and Claire McCaskill and Congressmen Todd Akin and Blaine Luetkemeyer, Mrs. Davis writes, "From where does Congress receive constitutional authority to pass any kind of healthcare bill?"
She also notes that in her 15 years of public service "(I) have never once had a constituent ask me to change our healthcare system. I believe those pushing this in Washington are misguided and out of step with the American people."
If you recall, Mrs Davis, in her Aug. 6 newsletter, wrote, the proposed healthcare reform "would force all of us to pay for abortions and encourage people to die prematurely. While some may argue we could save money if more people are dead, this is the wrong approach to healthcare."
Perhaps this kind of ignorance about what the proposals have said is the reason why no one has contacted Mrs. Davis about the need for healthcare reform.
The text of Mrs. Davis' letter is printed below:
Dear Senators Bond and McCaskill and Representatives Akin and Luetkemeyer,
As the Representative for District 19 in the Missouri House of Representatives, I have some questions and concerns about the national-healthcare proposal. As an elected official, I understand the pressure you may feel to placate the leadership in Washington D.C., but representing us well should be the highest priority. Taking care of the people in our district is far more important to me than making the “in-crowd” happy, and I am asking you to do the same.
Remember the old expression, “If it isn’t broken, don’t fix it.”? Why would anyone want to change the best healthcare system in the entire world? The only part of healthcare causing discontent is the rising price of healthcare. All the bills under consideration will do little to drive down costs; this means the proposal on the table fails to address the biggest problem. Finding ways to funnel more money to the providers without making them compete for customers is anti-free-market and moves our country closer to socialism.
If you are sincere about making a difference in the real health care problems we face, I would like you to address these issues:
-Why don’t you let amendments pass that will assure us you will not be using our money to pay for unethical extermination of innocent human beings? For more information: view it online
- Why not exchange the current Medicaid program for health savings accounts or healthcare vouchers which gives the consumer the incentive to save? Even if people are on Medicaid, they are still capable of making choices that will be in their best interest.
-Why don’t we make all medical expenses (including dental, lasik, and eyeglasses) tax deductible?
- Stop showing disdain for those who don’t have medical insurance. There are some very fine Amish and Mennonite constituents in Missouri as well as others who don’t want insurance and do not deserve to be blamed for our healthcare problems. Those without insurance are the only ones being charged the highest amount for their healthcare. You will not hear from them because they have no high powered lobbyists to speak on their behalf. If you were doing more to support free market principles in healthcare, people without insurance could better afford to pay for what they need. Even Massachusetts can’t get everyone on an insurance plan, so quit making this the goal.
-What is being done to increase transparency? If you ask your providers how much a test or drug will cost, they usually can’t tell you because they don’t know. How would any other industry operate if you were forced to purchase a service without knowing what you will pay?
-Why do you spend money you don’t have? How about paying off the national debt and then when you have a surplus, you give it back to the taxpayers so we can purchase the healthcare of our choice?
-From where does congress receive constitutional authority to be passing any kind of healthcare bill?
Cost of medical care
+ Cost of processing paperwork, overhead for buildings and staff
= more money being redistributed out of the taxpayer’s wallets and into the bank accounts for hospitals, insurance companies and administrators. Cost of more people on government insurance is > current conditions.
It is counterproductive for our congress to be spending time on something that will take us backward. I have served the public in an elected capacity for more than 15 years and have never once had a constituent ask me to change our healthcare system. I believe those pushing this in Washington D.C. are misguided and out of step with the American people.
I welcome your reply and would be eager to speak with you if you would like to call me. My office is always open to you.