Here's the view from U.S. Rep. Sue Myrick, Charlotte Republican, as told to Washington correspondent Barbara Barrett:
Q: What are your top priorities for health reform?
Myrick: One of the things is immediate limitations on pre-existing conditions, exclusions…that kind of thing. … I think we need to have price transparency so people know the cost of what they're paying for.
Medical liability reform. The doctors pay a ton of money in insurance premiums in medical liability, and if the American people knew how much of the cost of their procedure or visit was attributed to medical liability, that is something they should have access to. … It's another hidden cost of health care. I support medical liability reform.
Also, quality reporting requirements for providers. To tie the payments they get to the quality of care they're given.
Q: How do you feel about the public option?
Myrick: The public option, as it's stated, I don't support. One of my biggest concerns is the thing nobody wants to talk about, and that's rationing. … In the bill, there's a new health care commissioner and what he's going to be able to do is literally decide … what's acceptable health care coverage and then set the rules on what that coverage could include as well as the treatments that people could receive and at what cost. And that amounts to rationing.
President Barack Obama is bringing his health care campaign to Raleigh today, for an 11:45 a.m. town hall event at Broughton High School. Myrick's committee (Energy and Commerce) is marking up policy issues for the House of Representatives' health care reform bill.
- Doug Miller