Marcia Epstein, director of Headquarters Counseling Center in Lawrence
Epstein said the primary problem is that high-quality health care — including physical, dental, eye and mental care — is economically out of reach for too many Americans.
“What I would like to see reflects my idealism about the potential of our large, wealthy country. I would like all people to have access to high-quality health care,” she said.
Epstein would like that care to include nontraditional and alternative practices that have been shown effective.
Epstein doesn’t believe that increasing access to insurance is the answer.
“I do understand that our current health care delivery system relies on insurance, and that increased access to insurance is needed temporarily until more dramatic health care reform can be accomplished.”
Her biggest fear is that due to the inability to agree, Americans will continue to have inadequate access to health care.
“As a result many individuals and families will continue to suffer, and even die, needlessly,” she said.
Kansans weigh in on health care reform
- Have your say.
- Graham Bailey, vice president of public relations, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas
- Rod Bremby, Secretary, Kansas Department of Health and Environment
- Corrie Edwards, executive director, Kansas Health Consumer Coalition
- Jerry Kemberling, Unemployed, Lawrence
- Gene Meyer, CEO/president, Lawrence Memorial Hospital
- Marcia Nielsen, vice chancellor for public policy and planning, Kansas University Medical Center
- Sandy Praeger, Kansas insurance commissioner
- Jon Stewart, Director, LEO Center
- Judy Bellome, executive director of Douglas County Visiting Nurses, Rehabilitation and Hospice Care
- Dr. Alan Cowles, Social Security disability benefits advocate
- Marcia Epstein, director of Headquarters Counseling Center in Lawrence
- Dr. David Goering, medical director for Health Care Access
- Mitzi McFatrich, executive director of Kansas Advocates for Better Care
- Dan Partridge, Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department director
- Margie Wakefield, small business owner