One out of 10 Republican congressmen is a doctor, and two GOP senators — Tom CoburnTom CoburnDon't be fooled: Carper and Norton don't fight for DC Coburn: Trump's tweets aren't presidential The road ahead for America’s highways MORE of Oklahoma and John BarrassoJohn BarrassoTrump climate move risks unraveling Paris commitments Overnight Energy: Trump signs climate order | Greens vow to fight back How 'Big Pharma' stifles pharmaceutical innovation MORE of Wyoming — also practiced medicine before joining Congress. The Republican Party should send its doctors to the White House for the healthcare summit President Barack ObamaBarack ObamaPoll: Most Republicans believe Trump's wiretap claim Key conservative rep on healthcare plan: 'Let’s get out those regulations’ Trump climate move risks unraveling Paris commitments MORE is staging right before he tries to ram through his ObamaCare legislation.
Polls show that when it comes to healthcare, the public respects doctors far more than it does politicians or health economists. The House and Senate doctors should say to Obama: “You are the president and we respect your status. But, Mr. President, when it comes to healthcare, we are doctors and we know a lot more than you do.”
Then the doctors could explain how limited reimbursement rates encourage mass-produced medicine and relate stories to the president of medical rationing gone wrong. They could tell him examples from their own practices of Canadians who have sought their care in the U.S. because of shortcomings in the government-run system north of the border. Finally, they could lay out a plan for increasing the tax deduction for health insurance and allowing individuals the same deduction employers now get as a non-bureaucratic way of covering more patients.
By taking the high ground as medical professionals, the Republicans will score a coup in their dealings with Obama and dash his hopes that the meeting will serve as a springboard for the relaunch of his healthcare legislation.
The doctor caucus in the House is ably led by Rep. Tim Murphy (R-Pa.) and includes:
Roscoe Bartlett (Md.-6)
Bill Cassidy (La.-6)
Parker Griffith (Ala.-5)
John Linder (Ga.-7)
Ron Paul (Texas-14)
Tom Price (Ga.-6)
Phil Roe (Tenn.-1)
Mike Simpson (Idaho-2)
When it comes to healthcare legislation, these medical professionals, who have been elected to Congress, are by far the more credible spokesmen than the GOP’s legislative leadership. They should represent the party at the healthcare summit.
Morris, a former adviser to Sen. Trent Lott (R-Miss.) and President Bill ClintonBill ClintonTrump seeks to stop lawsuit from ‘Apprentice’ contestant Trump asks why Clintons' ties to Russia aren't under investigation Playing hot potato and musical chairs with healthcare MORE, is the author of Outrage and Fleeced. To get all of his and Eileen McGann’s columns for free by e-mail or to order a signed copy of their new best-selling book, Catastrophe, go to dickmorris.com. In August, Morris became a strategist for the League of American Voters, which is running ads opposing the president’s healthcare reforms.