(read this letter below first and then my response)
Date: Wednesday, October 28, 2009, 9:45 PMMy letter to Gingrey must have made him mad. Our exchanges !!!!!!
I don’t know what I said to jerk Congressman’s chain so,
considering he has made Olberman’s worst list but whatever it was, he dictated a letter to me today that
was definately not a form letter. My answer was not as
nice as my first letter. This may turn out into an all out debate issue with me and the ultra conservative doctor here in Ga. He wants to hear from me. Bet that
changes after the last letter.
Here is his letter to me, in response to some message I
sent on a vie for healthcare blitz. I send them all the time to Washington. Obviously it was not well received.
Ms. Amanda L. Kato
xxxxxxxxx Ga. 30179-xxxx
Dear Ms. Kato:
Thank you for contacting me to express your opinion regarding health care reform. As your Congressman, I appreciate hearing your thoughts and welcome every opportunity to be of service.
As a physician for nearly 30 years, I am keenly aware of the problems that our current health care system faces ranging from quality of care to increasing costs. Please be assured that I am interested in supporting health care legislation and proposals that will promote the health of all Georgians.
One particular focus to improve health care is to lower the overall cost of care for all patients. As the author of the Assisting Doctors to Obtain Proficient and Transmissible Health Information Technology (ADOPT HIT) Act of 2009 and the Help Efficient, Accessible, Low-cost, Timely Healthcare (HEALTH) Act of 2009, I believe that we can accomplish these goals by providing tax incentives to physicians to invest in electronic medical records, as well as significantly reforming our medical malpractice liability system.
That said, I believe that this year will be a very important year in health care reform. I look forward to working with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to accomplish meaningful reform to ensure patients in the U.S. continue to receive the best care in the world, increase the number of Americans who receive coverage, and lower the overall cost so that health care is affordable.
At the same time, please be assured that I will not support any legislation that will put the U.S. down the path toward a single payer health care system. Patients and their doctors – not Washington bureaucrats – should be the ones making decisions about the best course of care. Please be assured that I will continue to advocate for the rights of patients throughout the 111th Congress.
Again, thank you for sharing your concerns. If you feel that I may be of additional assistance on this, or any other matter of importance to you, please do not hesitate to contact me. I also invite you to sign up for my weekly email newsletter, or to share your ideas and opinions, by visiting my website at http://gingrey.house.gov or emailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dear Representative Gingrey,
Thank you for your quick response to my concerns. You are my legislator but
you are very wrong on many levels and may I please express my thoughts on this.
You said in your email and I quote, ” believe that we can accomplish these goals by providing tax incentives to physicians to invest in electronic medical records, as well as significantly reforming our medical malpractice liability system.
That above quote is well and good and should be already in place but what
good does it do for people who are not seeing doctors due to the economic
collapse and unaffordable and unattainable health coverage, that do not have
any records to access? They are not seeing medical professionals. They do without.
My son, a voting republican lost his business due to this economy and
never made a great deal to begin with. He PULLED his own tooth. He has back
problems and Lord knows what else because he has no access to affordable
healthcare. Being a republican, he would not dare ask for indigent care only to
be refused or worse, non quality health care treatment. He has had tonsils
swell to the point he could not breathe. He does not drink but his wife and he separated, divorced, he lost his home and we adopted their children.
This is not an isolated case. You folks have insurance.
Six people live under
this roof with no food stamps because my husband’s VA disability gets us by.
He is a 100 percent disabled combat Vietnam veteran and we are Christians.
We thank God for Medicare and Champ VA and the Veterans Administration.
This is a government run system and it works. We receive healthcare but there
are millions like some of our grown children who will never live to see their
American dream. They are one pandemic or catastrophic illness away from
death. You and many who find so much fault with insurance for all do not live
in this reality. Your ideas are from the 20th century and very narrow and limited
to people who have either been blessed with a huge inheritence or the education
and fortune to go to college and become professionals. Not all people fall into
that lifestyle and kudos for that achievement in your life but don’t think people
do not want a better life. Common sense prevails to one who will acknowledge
that a healthy body is productive and can create wealth and jobs and a better
You are blessed in this life Congressman to not have the pain of hearing your
grown children moan in pain or feel agony that you may have to let your light
bill go so they can get relief. You are blessed that you were not fighting a war
in a far away place and a severe disability resulted., thus limiting your earning capabilities and impacting one’s children. There is however, another
life beyond this one, and the one I would be concerned with., is the next life. Jesus said,”……In as much as you have done unto one of the least of these, my brethern, ye have done it unto me.” Matthew 25:40 KJV.
And who is my brother? According to Jesus See Mark 3:35 KJV.
That is what I would be concentrating upon when I cast my vote.
By the way, since you recognize the fact that the VA is a government single
payer system, does this mean you care less about veteran care than
other patients? If you really believe it is all a bureaucracy and not a good system then why is it good enough for men and women who have borne the
battle and not good enough for everyday patients?
Amanda KatoMy ResponseWow! That was a great letter! I can’t wait to get his response.
People don’t realize how in bed our government is with the insurance companies. Our representatives on both sides are invested in these insurance companies and do not want to rock the boat or change anything that will make them less money.
They say they believe in competition, capitalism and the free market but they have made those lost concepts of our past. With the amount of tax laws, special interest groups and set asides, there is no such thing as free market competition. When wall street crashed, they were the first ones to ask for a bailout and nationalize our banks. That is not capitalism, what they did was socialism and once again it is OK to pay for corporate welfare but not to help the poor or the working class.
I have suffered asthma my entire life and I have had to work for companies large enough to have full medical coverage. In 2001 I was in business for myself for one year but the lowest insurance premium I could find (with the worst coverage) was $500.00 a month. This is a huge overhead expense for a start up business. I am thankful that I have been able to have health care through my work, but to say that the insurance I have is good or adequate is a lie. I have had to think twice before moving to a new company, I can not afford to work freelance. I would have to pay for a year before individual insurance would cover my asthma.
Those who oppose a single payer solution are trying to keep the focus on the “undeserving poor” but I think the focus should be on the greedy insurance companies who have abused us for decades and who dictate what an how much I pay for medication and procedures. They try to keep Americans sick by not paying for preventative and alternative healing practices.
Our government has not protected us as consumers because they own the companies that hurt us for profit. It’s disgusting, and if our forefathers were alive today they would shoot most of them for treason.
Watch Sicko by Michael Moore and go to www.sickforprofit.com and see how much money the owner of United Healthcare makes per hour by denying coverage to the insured!
Our health care system is broken. It’s time to fix it.