- The Washington Times - Thursday, March 18, 2010

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

What is worse than doing nothing is doing something that is wrong and destructive. Our government’s priorities with regard to health care ought to be as follows: Eliminate fraud and put those who commit it in jail; push for tort reform even though most of our representatives are lawyers; allow insurance companies to bid on insurance in all states; create a central electronic record to reduce paperwork; and develop more incentives for companies to encourage health maintenance.

Those first steps would go a long way toward lowering costs and should be approved by both parties without major cost to taxpayers. Where is the bill, and what is in it? Why can’t we citizens see what our representatives are voting on? Where is the transparency?

There should be a new amendment to the Constitution prohibiting earmarks and any bill going to vote without citizens having a chance to review all of it at least one week in advance. Why are President Obama, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and the others trying to hide it from us till they vote on it? Is this what our country has become under the current administration?

JOSEPH JOHN ROTHENGAST

Raleigh, N.C.

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