Rep. Charles Boustany, M.D. (LA) was a heart surgeon for 14 years before being elected to Congress. His expertise on health care matters has been helpful as plans for reform move forward. His commentary on the issue was featured on CNN's health section today. Please see the following excerpt:
Americans deserve the best health care system in the world -- one that emphasizes quality, but reduces cost, so all Americans can participate.
As a doctor, I saw firsthand the problems many patients face finding a doctor, navigating the system, and paying their health care bills.
Unfortunately, Democrats' plans in Congress fail to focus on quality. House Republican Leader John Boehner, R-Ohio, recently stated that the Democrats were proposing "a government-run nightmare operated by federal bureaucrats." If enacted, their plans would complicate the system and take more money from American pockets -- a nightmare, indeed.