The enclosed copy of my letter to Dr. Harvey Fineberg, President of the Institute of Medicine, is self-explanatory. My purpose
in sending this to you is to introduce the subject in order to solicit your wise counsel on a matter that I believe deserves
As you know, there have been a number of political efforts to address the thorny health issues of the country before and after
the establishment of Medicare. Moreover, politically, the Democrats have generally tried to usurp and exploit this issue to
present themselves as being more concerned with the health of the people than Republicans. In general, their efforts may be
characterized as providing greater expenditure of tax money, but lacking in focused and effectual ideas for improving the
healthcare of the nation. A good example is Hillary Clinton's fated health initiative for which I was asked to write a
commentary by Mr. Robert Hartley for the Wa[[ Street Journal and which he published under the title "Prescription for
Nonetheless, this topic is of growing concern and will undoubtedly be used in the political campaigns next year. I believe
the Republican Party needs to address the issue, and one way to do this is to establish a Presidential Commission now that
is directed toward a thorough investigation of the various factors involved in the problem and a "road map" toward
its solution in accordance with American values and Republican "compassionate concern."
I realize that there is a plethora of pressing national and international issues facing the nation, including, homeland security.
But no other subject countervails the pre-eminence of health for the individual citizen and, indeed, for the nation.
I would greatly appreciate your thoughts on this matter. My best wishes for your continued good health and spirit.