I would like to direct Senators Ron Johnson and Tammy Baldwin to a plan for health care formed by a panel of physicians in June of 2016.

Look up "Physicians for a National Health Program” on the internet. The advantages of this plan are first, employers are relieved of the burden of expensive health care insurance.

The patients have a free choice of their doctor and hospital. Health care providers are relieved of much of their paper work and can concentrate their efforts on patient care. Administrative expenses are reduced. Money is available for underfunded health care priorities such as public health.

There is the ability to address the important determinates of health, such as global warming issues, income inequality, and racial inequality. There is regional health care planning for new facilities and updates to existing facilities in a cost effective way that evens out the delivery of health care to the well off and the poor.

It provides a framework for addressing long-term care solutions, substance abuse, and mental health care. This health plan was developed by 39 physicians. As a physician, I understand how well it would work. We could have the best health care in the world with the implementation of this plan.

I know how concerned Sen. Johnson is about the increasing national debt. As a businessman, he is concerned about the productivity of our local businesses and their competitiveness in the global economy. This program could save billions of dollars of government expenses while at the same time as protecting our citizens' health care. Healthy workers make a more productive society.

Small businesses as well as large businesses are hampered by the expense and inefficiency of health care insurance. It would be a good idea to lift this burden on our businesses of buying expensive insurance plans, along with lifting the burden on our government paying reimbursement to the insurance companies for the cost of covering health claims for workers at the bottom of the wage scale.

LORENE VEDDER, M.D., Menomonie

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Barbara Lyon is the editor of The Dunn County News in Menomonie, WI.

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