Perhaps it is my pastoral education that caused my perennially optimistic outlook on things, but I’m frequently finding myself amazed at the wonders of the modern world. There have been so many innovations and advancements that it is truly a historic time to be alive. And America leads the way, as we always have.
Just look at modern medicine as one example. As a certified health coach, I’ve encountered people at all levels of personal health and have frequently been blessed to know people who have benefited from the incredible doctors, scientists and researchers working to create medical breakthroughs every day.
Unfortunately, this type of groundbreaking advancement is a bit of a double-edged sword. We must continue to research, to study, to innovate at the highest levels to ensure the health and well-being of future generations, and to reduce previously deadly illness to manageable chronic conditions, but the costs of remaining at the premier level are extremely high.
That is why Congress must make it a priority to eliminate waste in our health care system and make premiums, deductibles and out-of-pocket costs affordable for all Americans. If we allow bad actors to continue to exploit loopholes and make profits without share their savings with consumers, it burdens our entire economy and puts biopharmaceutical innovation — and lives — at risk.