"The key to better and more affordable health care lies in our nation's top notch medical knowledge and research, information and communication technology, and the desire of our people to direct their own medical care without interference from government or big insurance companies."
"Advances in communications and "telemedicine" can render the knowledge and skill of the best experts available anywhere."
Pardon me, but what the hell is this? Has Ray Meier lost touch with reality?
The problem with American health care is not with quality, but with access. Every year, more and more Americans can't afford health care at all, and those who can afford it are being asked to pay more for it every year. The number of people without health care, or partial coverage that only gets activated in case of medical catastrophe, is huge.
Setting up "telemedicine" centers where we can talk to doctors through an Internet connection is not going to solve this problem. Information technology systems are not going to solve the problem. If Ray Meier doesn't realize this, he's completely out of touch with the lives of people living in New York's 24th congressional district.
Michael Arcuri gets it. He understands the nature of the problem. Not everyone agrees with his solutions, and can debate with him the relative merits of single payer systems versus other alternatives, but at least Mike Arcuri isn't wandering around spouting off some right wing think tank egghead nonsense about the need for "telemedicine".
Here's how Arcuri describes the problem:
"Over 45 million Americans do not have health insurance, and the number increasing every day. Health insurance costs continue to escalate for those lucky enough to have it. Businesses are increasingly crippled by the cost of providing health insurance and are either dropping it as a benefit or passing on the cost to employees."
What Arcuri talks about is the nature of the health care crisis we're facing here in the 24th district. We need a representative in Congress who understands the reality of the health care crisis. That's reason number 17 to vote for Michael Arcuri.