May 2010 Archives

Though it has been maligned as an overly controlling and heavy-handed move by the American government, the new health care legislation does have its share of supporters.

With over 20 years of experience in the health industry, I understand how difficult it can be to deliver an adequate standard of care to patients. Many have suffered at the hands of so-called "indigent care" because they not only had no health insurance, but lacked the ability to even apply for it. 

I have served as the chairman of the board for the 430-bed Menorah Medical center, in addition to being a member for 20 years. As well, I am the director of the American Cancer Society of Johnson County. What this means is that I know the hospital industry, and more importantly know that this new legislation will be good for it. Instead of losing money on patients who are unable to pay for services, hospitals will at least be guaranteed some form of repayment because of the new government-funded insurance initiative.

My years working in the public eye have given me a long and largely unbiased view of the subject. While the new health legislation may make the jobs of private insurers slightly more difficult, it opens doors for those who previously had no access to decent medical care of any kind; to those that were forced to either sit and suffer in silence or to attend the hospital for care, only to lack the funds to pay the bill for even the most minor of treatments.

Having worked in the industry and after meeting the people of the nation who are desperate for some access to the health system, I believe that this health care legislation, while not perfect, is a step in the right direction.
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