Explain the role you believe the federal government should play in addressing the cost of and access to healthcare.

Mike Ryan

10th District


The federal government should set policies and get out of the way. The older system to health insurance prior to 1976 and HMOs worked well – third party payers must be eliminated. We should be able to buy health insurance much like car and home insurance – clear descriptions of covered items and costs. Cross state purchasing, etc. are great ideas, but the States should take the lead on managing these issues. I believe it is a Tenth Amendment issue. The federal government is too prone to crony lobbying and special interest groups working against patients’ interests.