By Congressmen Phil Gingrey, M.D. and Tom Price, M.D.
Over the past ten months, we have heard every presidential candidate talk about the dire need to reform our nation's healthcare system. The candidates all talk about their theories and solutions on how to cover the uninsured. But there is only one candidate running for president in either party that has actually gone beyond the talk and succeeded at leading the fight for meaningful healthcare reform. There is just one candidate who has the experience, vision, and values to fundamentally change America's healthcare delivery system for the better. That candidate is former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney.
As physicians who have had a combined 50 years of experience in practicing medicine, we understand the need for broad healthcare reform. The number of uninsured continues to rise, families struggle to pay for the rising costs of premiums, and businesses are being forced to drop their health insurance benefits in order to stay competitive in the global marketplace. As conservative Members of Congress who face the challenge of delivering healthcare reforms nationwide, we understand how critical it is to have a president with a successful record when it comes to solving the current healthcare crisis.
Because of Governor Romney's leadership, the number of uninsured in Massachusetts has been slashed in half over the last year. His conservative, free-market reforms have brought down the cost of health insurance premiums and made healthcare more affordable for residents across the state. For the first time in the history of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, hundreds of thousands of the low-income uninsured citizens have access to a choice of different private health insurance plans. And all of this was accomplished without any new taxes.
Governor Romney's healthcare reforms have begun to take shape and there are already many ways in which his plan has made a positive difference in the lives of many Massachusetts citizens. Unfortunately, some critics would prefer to ignore these early signs of success and, instead, are far more interested in writing a premature obituary of the reforms for ideological or political purposes. The reality is that Governor Romney was successful in bringing healthcare reform to his state. No matter what the critics say, more Massachusetts residents are currently covered with private health insurance than ever before.