Thursday, March 11, 2010

Health Care Reform Letter Sent to Harry Mitchell

TO: Representative Harry Mitchell                                                                 March 11, 2010

Arizona Congressional District 5




Tempe, AZ  85284


SUBJECT: Health Care Legislation


Please take a moment to read and consider this information.  I live in your district and operate a small business with about 120 employees.  I also provide health insurance for my employees and struggle to keep up with the escalating health insurance premiums.  Health insurance must be reformed; however, the current legislation is, without question, the wrong answer.  It will damage our heath care system while not solving the biggest issues, like rising insurance rates.


Today I have been reading an article from the New England Journal of Medicine, Physician Survey: Health Reform May Lead to Significant Reduction in Physician Workforce, Mar – Apr 2010 edition.  The survey of more than 1,000 doctors from this respected Journal showed only 28.7% of physicians support the current legislation and 63 prefer a more gradual, targeted approach.  So do I.  I believe you are a sensible person and have your constituents’ interests at heart and I believe that you would prefer this, too.


More alarming, they report that “nearly one-third of physicians responding to the survey indicated that they will want to leave medical practice after health reform is implemented.”  This is at a time when the number of physicians needs to expand by over 20% to cover us in the ‘baby boom’ generation with their increasing medical needs.


This is one of many significant problems with the current legislation.  The process for this legislation is deplorable.  A large majority of the country and even larger majority of this District do not support this legislation.  The ‘Cornhusker Kickback’ along with all the other ‘payoffs’ and rules manipulations to acquire support and pass this are deplorable.  I cannot believe you support this process.  Health insurance will not be reduced and more than a trillion dollars will be added to the deficit with this legislation, the accounting gimmicks not withstanding.  I am a CPA, by the way.  I’ve followed this legislation very closely. 


I also believe that, in your heart, you know this legislation that makes such a massive change in our country, which affects every single citizen, should not be passed without broad support across the country and across the aisle.  Eschew the political pressure; do the right thing.


However, when you voted on the House version of this bill, I donated a significant sum to David Schweikert for his bid to AZ CD-5 in 2010.  If you participate in this corrupt process and vote again for the ‘Worst Bill Ever’ as described by the Wall Street Journal, my wife and I will give our full financial support and will actively campaign with your opponent.  I will also continue to provide information to my employees about this legislation and its impact on our business and on their lives.  This issue is so huge that is a defining one, in my opinion. 


Thanks for taking the time to consider my input.



Tempe, AZ