Monday, Congressman John Joyce (R-PA) published an op-Ed in The Hill where he took to task the socialist takeover of healthcare through so-called “Medicare for All” and offered real solutions that can improve the health care climate.
Congressman Joyce is a physician practicing Dermatology.
Here are some excerpts of note from the op-Ed, which can be read HERE:
“Democratic presidential candidates have begun their race to the left, and they have abandoned any realistic health care positions back at the starting line. For Democrats, the needs of our patients have been replaced by internal polling data from Iowa and New Hampshire as the drivers of healthcare policy.
“This type of thinking has spread to House Democrats as well, who last week unveiled one of the most extreme Medicare for All plans yet.
“The American people, on the other hand, are too smart for pie in the sky ideas like single payer health care. When presented with the facts surrounding Medicare for All, less than 40 percent of Americans support it.”
“Medicare for All would cost around $32 trillion over the next decade, which would mean massive tax increases on hardworking Americans to fund the program. And with spending for the current Medicare program estimated to rise to $45 trillion over the next ten years, we are going have enough challenges keeping the promises that we’ve already made without asking taxpayers to pony up more of their hard earned money to do so.”
“Last week I co-sponsored legislation to permanently repeal the 2.3 percent medical device tax that was implemented because of ObamaCare. The cost of this levy was passed down to patients, and according to the Tax Foundation, it lowered health care research and development spending by $34 million in one year alone and was responsible for the loss of approximately 21,800 jobs from 2013 to 2015. Eliminating this misguided tax once and for all has bipartisan support, but we will only be able to do so if we continue to put a spotlight on the issue.”