Democrats have tried to sell this debate as cost versus compassion. While our budget is clearly out of control, this debate is about more than cost or compassion. It is about who controls medical decisions, some of the most important and personal decisions we make in our lives. As a physician, I know how dangerous government intrusion into health care decisions can be. When Washington has more control over health care, families and doctors have less. I can attest that this dangerous philosophy further erodes and threatens the vital doctor-patient relationship and quality care.
Conservatives should stand for free market solutions to our health care crisis. I have joined with colleagues in the House of Representatives and Senate to introduce an SCHIP solution that honors the intent of SCHIP – to help truly needy kids – while preserving and expanding the purchase of personal health care. The More Children, More Choices Act, H. R. 3888, fully funds SCHIP for the children it was intended to serve. To advance our shared goal of all Americans having health care coverage, the bill also provides tax credits for the purchase of personal coverage for children in households making up to $62,000.
This alternative would reach the same number of children as the Democrat plan, without removing children from personal health care and without any increased taxes! But Speaker Pelosi has no intention of negotiating with Republicans to find a truly bipartisan solution. This debate from the outset to the end will be about scoring political points – no matter who is exploited in the process. Sadly, it is all we have come to expect from Speaker Pelosi’s House of Politics.