Dear Mr. President:
As you continue to advocate for health care reform I wanted to take a moment to express my concern. First, I am pleased with my current health plan—both the health care itself and the price I pay for it. Second, I am a conservative, which means I fear large government.
I tell you this at the outset so you understand that the current state of health care in this country suits me and my family just fine. Thus, in asking me to support your plan to revolutionize that status quo, you must realize that you’re asking me to jeopardize a good thing I already have and to deny my deepest political instincts about the dangers of large government. I might be willing to do both, but only if you give me the right answers to a few questions. This means that I’m the conservative you ought to want to talk to. But, so far, I’m not impressed.
All your adamant hand-wringing and bold assertions about the necessity to do something have not convinced me. I’ve heard you talk about the importance of clear, simple language in financial instruments (which I like), but then you offer me a thousand page document and ask me to blindly trust you that’s it’s exactly what we need. You tell me that it’s important to set a civil tone in Washington, but then you accuse pediatricians of being vicious money-grubbers who perform unnecessary tonsillectomies on children just for the money. And when people I respect raise what seem like legitimate concerns about your plans, you accuse them of “bearing false witness” and resisting the Biblical mandate to care for our fellow man.