Rep. Charles Boustany, M.D. (LA) is one of several House Republican physicians. His experience in the health care field prompted a blog post on RedState.com. Here is an excerpt:
Although, Republicans and Democrats differ on some important health care policy issues, common ground exists on health care reform among the two parties. We both believe:
- Quality health care coverage can be affordable and accessible for every American;
- Americans who are content with their health care must be able to keep it, giving every American the freedom to choose the health plan that best meets their needs;
- Health care reform must improve American lives through prevention and disease management programs, while developing innovative treatments and cures for life-threatening diseases;
- It is possible – and necessary – to achieve the above objectives through common sense reforms, without raising taxes and eliminating employer-sponsored health benefits for working families.
Unlike the Democrats though, I believe a government takeover of health care will put bureaucrats in charge of health care decisions. These decisions should not be made by bureaucrats, but by families and the doctors of their choice. Tax hikes will be required to pay for government healthcare. This is something Republicans cannot support. It would plainly violate some of the principle’s President Obama himself has endorsed.