Americans deserve to know the full cost of their healthcare.
February 4, 2020
President Donald J. Trump
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20500
RE: Over Three Million Americans Thanking President Trump for Real Price Transparency in Healthcare
Dear President Trump,
We, representing over three million Americans, write to thank you for the bold moves you and your Administration are making to bring transparency to healthcare. Please stay strong against the forces who want to keep the American people in the dark — blind to know prices before we get care, held hostage without access to our complete health information, and having to pay for our healthcare with a blank check.
Healthcare is Americans’ number one concern. According to the 2019 Harvard Harris Poll, price transparency is a solution that 88 percent of Americans on both sides of the aisle agree on. Meanwhile, studies also show, fear of financial ruin is causing people to avoid seeking the healthcare they need, too often until it’s too late.
Americans want and deserve full transparency. We want to know the real prices of healthcare before we receive it. We want to know the quality of the care available to us. We want easy, real-time, digital access to our complete health information including prices, clinical history, and payments. Currently, our opaque system makes all that impossible.
We, a cohort of Americans fighting for a better healthcare system, are so grateful that you and your Administration are courageously working to implement the bipartisan transparency laws that already exist. You are doing so despite strong resistance from the Healthcare Industrial Complex — hospitals, insurers, pharmaceutical companies, and the many middle players — who are all capitalizing on patients’ misfortunes.
Your transparency and interoperability rules will restore Americans’ trust in our healthcare system. These rules will hold the healthcare industry accountable, cut out middle players, and greatly reduce healthcare costs and drug prices by ushering in competition, choice, and the ability for consumers to shop for the best care at the lowest possible price.
Once we have systemwide healthcare price transparency, we will benefit from a functional healthcare market that operates on free-market principles. We will be able to buy healthcare the way we buy groceries or gasoline, clothing or cars. As healthcare prices plummet, wages and savings accounts will increase. By shining a light on hidden prices and quality information, you will put patients in control of their healthcare, and Americans will become healthier and wealthier.
On behalf of patients, workers, seniors, employers and taxpayers, thank you again for taking these brave steps toward Making America’s Healthcare Great Again!