First, Do No Harm

When I practiced medicine, I always was mindful of my fundamental obligation to “first, do no harm” to my patients. The 8th District incumbent also is a physician, but he seems to have forgotten this basic duty.

He has repeatedly voted to repeal the Affordable Care Act, despite the serious consequences of repeal. Millions of Americans would lose their health insurance, including low-income persons and people with cancer, heart disease, or other “pre-existing medical conditions.” Repealing the Affordable Care Act would cause much harm.

To be sure, the Affordable Care Act is not optimal health care reform. The high deductibles and co-payments that often come with insurance mean that many people still cannot afford treatment. Much more needs to be done to reduce the costs of care. We also need to invest more of our health care dollars in the prevention of disease. It really is true that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

But while we need to continue reforming our health care system, we should not throw the baby out with the bath water. We should preserve the good features of the Affordable Care Act and complement them with new reforms to ensure that we prevent preventable illness and make health care truly affordable. That will be a high priority for me as a member of Congress.

To win election, I will need your help. Over the coming months, I will ask for your help in many important ways, and I hope you will be able to respond. Currently, I hope you can help us meet our very important fundraising goal for March 31. Whether you give $5 or $500, your support now will do much to help us have a successful campaign.

We can take a check made out to "Orentlicher for Congress" and mailed to P.O. Box 3053, Terre Haute, IN 47803. Online donations can be made by clicking here. Please contribute by March 31. Thank you very much for your consideration.

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