After visiting with the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, a Central Missouri Congressman says now is the time to begin reforming Medicare.
Blaine Luetkemeyer says it is appropriate that federal funding support research into some diseases, such as MS. He says curing such illnesses or reducing their impact can allow patients to remain active and productive in society. He says from a fiscal standpoint, developing new treatments for diseases also saves money long-term.
Luetkemeyer also expresses a higher purpose for wanting to help patients, saying “as Christians, we need to be taking a hard look at trying to help our fellow man who can’t help himself.
Luetkemeyer told the Society’s representatives it will be important for people like them to be involved in discussion of Medicare reform, which he says is coming. He says such groups can point out where improvements in quality of care can be made, helping to save dollars in the process.
He believes President Barack Obama is prepared to start discussion of Medicare reform, which Luetkemeyer expects will take years to unfold.