Concern about health care reform

To the editor:

I have worked as a health care professional for almost 14 years and am deeply concerned by the rhetoric coming out of the national stage on health care reform. The solutions spewing forth range from one radical idea to the next — Medicare for All, the public option, or single payer systems. All of these will result in fewer personal choices, less access, and higher costs.

In my work, I try to help my patients find the right balance between personal accountability and traditional balance. Maintaining this balance is the key to optimal health — not more government overreach. Our leaders should be focused on finding ways to expand coverage and lower costs — while providing more flexible options — in our current health care system. That is a far more practical approach than upending everything in order to put government officials in charge of our health care decisions.


Nathan Dienhart BS, RRT RCP