Saturday, November 21, 2009

Letter to Mr. Harry Reid, Senator from Nevada

Hi, Mr. Reid
You and I both know how important healthcare is: you are leading the initiative in the senate on this issue, and I am working toward a medical degree.

As I've watched the debate about this issue online today, I've been struck by the number of times the debate has come down to one of two options -- either allowing insurance companies to continue as they are, or introducing the public option.

I firmly believe that a third way is the best approach we can take.  Medicine works best when decisions are carried out on a patient-doctor scale, not when the hospital room is in effect crowded out with representatives from third-payer systems -- either from insurance companies or government agencies.  

Simply replacing one third-payer (the insurance company) with another (a government program) is not the solution.  Personalized medicine -- relationship-based medicine -- is the way to go.

There is no substitute for freedom, and if the two people most impacted by healthcare decisions -- the patient and the doctor -- were the ones with the freedom to make decisions for themselves, I know that positive change in the medical field would be forthcoming.

Because of this, I ask you to reconsider your support of the public option, and instead fight for policy that affirms the freedom of patients and doctors.

Yours respectfully,

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