Visiting Rep. Heath Shuler's office, three telling statements were made by his assistant who met with us: 1) We're fiscal conservatives and we cannot see how to pay for universal health care. 2) Negotiating for lower drug prices would hurt the drug companies too much. 3) A government option is out of the question; it would bankrupt the health-insurance industry.
Notably missing in a 10-minute discussion was any concern for individual citizens. I mentioned that health-care coverage for all Americans could be paid for in its entirety by negotiating prices for drugs to the 40 percent level, being paid in Europe. This savings would amount to $200 billion a year.
It is fiscally irresponsible not to decrease the overall cost of health care in America. We are currently paying for the health insurance that companies provide for their employees via the price of goods we purchase from them everyday. Let's find a way to cover every American and in the least costly way for ourselves. Overall the economy will thrive with more dollars available to spend. Please contact Mr. Shuler, as he needs an education. Our votes do actually elect him.
— Ed Mills