I read this article [Guest column: “Representative candidate says health is wealth,” by Meghan Kelly, July 20, 2018, issue] with disbelief, it seems that the author and candidate for the Delaware House of Representatives 38th District article focuses on and recognizes the problems with health care, but ignores the fact that it was the Federal legislation of her Political Party that was primarily responsible for the health care problems that we are experiencing today.
Since the implementation of Obama Care by 100 percent vote of the Federal Democrats, health services have deteriorated, health costs have risen, and medical deductibles have increased to the point that health care is virtually unaffordable for most.
We all remember Obama’s promises that we could keep our doctors and that health care costs would be reduced. On a personal level, after the implementation of Obama Care my Sussex County family doctor shuttered his practice and the replacement Nurse Practitioner also did so shortly after taking over, making a bad situation worse.
Ms. Kelly’s “Esq.” title indicates that she is an attorney, and the focus of the article goes on to state her desire for resolving all these health care issues with both additional State and Federal Legislation, isn’t that how we got into the current position?
One of the cost drivers prior to Obama Care was the cost of litigation and the need for Tort Reform, to basically reduce, if not eliminate, the costs for what used to be categorized in the non-PC world as the costs for “Ambulance Chasers.”
Ms. Kelly’s article proposes the implementation of even more legislative remedies at both the State and Federal levels, which fail to address the root causes needed for the resolution of these health care problems, or the elimination of the litigation costs associated with the required Tort reform. History clearly indicates that we can’t legislate health care cures.
While health care is an issue to all, it strikes me that Ms. Kelly’s article has ignored the more pressing local Sussex County issues, such as those associated with the recent boom in residential and commercial development, tourism, and traffic issues, that are more pressing to most.
History makes it clear that we certainly can’t legislate fixes to most of these problems and since Delaware has been historically controlled by Democrats, problems and budget issues have been exasperated by overspending, one must ask why would we want to elect a candidate whose party epitomizes such failures and one that choses to write an article ignoring these local issues, with a future article focused on the Federal level.
Obviously I am a supporter of our current 38th District Representative Ron Gray, who in my opinion has been quite responsive to all of our local needs and has dedicated himself to working on the “local problems” that most impact us here in Sussex County.
One must ask, if it ain’t broke, why fix it. This is especially true when the candidate proposes even more legislative solutions that have proved to date to be ineffective.
George H. Miles