The Honorable James Webb and Mark Warner,
Welcome back from recess, I hope that you had the opportunity to hear your constituents. No matter what poll you read, no matter how the question is phrased we the people of Virginia are without a doubt opposed to any of the government health care options currently in the Congress. We aren’t stupid and we aren’t ignorant of the facts. We want you to scrap all of the current plans – don’t try and tweak them – trash them, all of them. Then start over with these issues:
1. Tort reform to end the health care jackpot game that costs all of us money. Do two things – limit the size of court awards and make the loser of the case responsible for the legal fees of both parties.
2. The Constitution allows you to “regulate commerce . . . . among the several States” and you should therefore remove all barriers established by States to prevent individual Americans and corporations from shopping for insurance across State lines.
3. Establish medical savings accounts for individuals where money can be deposited pre-tax and grow tax-free for use to purchase medical insurance or be spent for the purchase of medicine or medical care.
4. Stop the top-down, one size fits all approach to medical care and release the States to deal with health care the way they see fit.
If you can’t do any of that, then do nothing. The President is absolutely wrong when he says “doing nothing is not an option.” Were Congress to leave health care alone it would make the overwhelming majority of Americans happy. Try focusing on defending our borders and enforcing our immigration laws (that would materially reduce health care costs). Try balancing the budget by eliminating unnecessary programs and regulation (to include medical regulation) and that will have a positive effect on health care costs and personal wealth. Challenge the President on his appointments of a vast staff of questionable characters who are running around with absurd titles, drawing absurd paychecks, and doing unauthorized, unregulated, and largely unnecessary damage to our Republic. Read the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States again and govern your actions and activities accordingly. Require everyone in the government to read them and act accordingly – including the President.