July 25, 2017—Holladay, Utah—FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
One thing I’ve learned during my 30-year career as a family doctor is the importance of listening. If I didn’t listen carefully to my patients’ symptoms, I wouldn’t find the right diagnosis, and I could never help them get well.
I am angry and dismayed that our representatives in Congress haven’t learned that same crucial lesson. Recent polls show that a mere 12–27 percent of Americans support the Senate health care plan, yet today the Republican Senate, with Vice President Mike Pence casting the tiebreaking vote, opted to open debate on their health care plan.
As a doctor, I rely on facts to determine patients’ treatment plans. And the fact is that all the Congressional health care plans proposed this year would leave millions of Americans without health insurance. Most of them would heartlessly strip Medicaid benefits from millions of families and remove lifesaving protections for people with pre-existing conditions—and that category includes nearly half the people in my district.
Congress needs to listen to their constituents’ concerns. They need to listen to healthcare and insurance professionals, almost all of whom oppose the Republicans’ plan. Only by listening to everyone involved can we find the facts and deliver a bipartisan solution to America’s health care problem. That’s why I’m running—to be the cure for this common congress.