The Honorable James Webb,
Thank you for your response to my e-mail on Health Care. I must point out however that you are not on the same wavelength with the vast majority of your constituents. I am very disappointed in your response:
“addressing the health care crisis in our country is a top priority for me” – by now you must know that there is no crisis in this country and polls indicate that anywhere between 70 and 90 percent of the people in the United States like their current health care arrangement.
“There are 47 million Americans without health insurance and millions more who are underinsured” You must also be aware that around 25% of those mythical 47 million persons are actually not Americans at all but rather they are illegal aliens. Half of the remainder could afford medical insurance if they chose to make it a priority in their lives and the other half already qualify for existing government programs. Again – there is no crisis.
“our health care system ranks lower than many countries on quality, access, efficiency, equity, and preventative care.” I don’t believe any of that for a minute. Health Care is in crisis in Canada, Britain, France, Sweden, Germany, Japan, and all of the modern nation states that have chosen socialism over freedom. The reason that they are in as good a shape as they are is because they are subsidized and buoyed by American Health Care. Foreigners benefit from advances in medicine driven by American doctors, hospitals, and laboratories. Further, America is the safety net for all of those countries. When Canada’s Health Care system fails (which it frequently does), Canadians come here as do other people throughout the world.
Our Health Care is the best in the world and we shouldn’t destroy it to help the tiny fraction of the population that can’t or won’t participate. You need to do what is best for the grand majority of Virginians, not turn the world upside down to take care of a tiny minority. If you don’t focus on us, the majority of Virginians will take care of you later at the polls.
Do the right thing – cross the aisle and spend some time with Senators McConnell or Gregg. It would be child’s play to turn their ideas into a truly bi-partisan bill that would benefit all Americans. The Republicans are on the right side of history on this one – it’s not too late for you to join them.