I hear from thousands of Louisianans each year about their struggles to pay for rising health care costs. During this important election year, health care has become an issue of national debate, and last week I joined with six other senators on an initiative designed to make sure that debate includes discussion about how we can best help individuals and families own their health insurance and prevent government bureaucracy from running Americans health care for them.
Now, more than ever, Americans are turning to Congress to fix a broken health care system.
Too many of our neighbors are uninsured or cannot afford to pay for their prescriptions or doctor visits, and access to quality medical care is becoming more and more limited.
Some members of Congress have misconstrued the publics call to action as a mandate for a government-run health care system.
But a federal government take-over of health care will only lead to a system mired in even more bureaucracy and will remove choice from doctors and patients where it should stay.
Health care must be centered on the doctor-patient relationship, and patients must have the opportunity to choose the most suitable plan for themselves and for their families.
There is a clear contrast between a liberal, government-controlled health care system and conservative reforms that can provide American families with choice and control.
Over the next eight weeks, this group of senators and I will discuss these conservative health care principles that we know can reform this broken system and bring a patient-centered, high-quality and low-cost system of health care to you and your families.
Your health care is too important to wrap in red tape and place in the hands of a government bureaucrat.
This is your health your familys health and the choices you need to make should be made by you and your doctor.
My colleagues and I want to ensure that this power remains firmly in your hands and not in the hands of the federal government.
In recent years, my work to improve health care for you and your families has included authoring several amendments aimed at breaking down the barriers against reimporting safe, cheaper prescription drugs from Canada and at promoting the expansion of health savings accounts, among other measures.
We need focused attention to fix our broken health care system, and in the coming weeks well be highlighting some of these concepts for reform.
Sen. Vitter can be reached by mail at U.S. Senator David Vitter, U.S. Senate, 516 Hart Senate Office Building, Washington D.C. 20510, or by phone at 202-224-4623, or at http://vitter.senate.gov.