Letters to editor logo 7-12-21

Editor, Casa Grande Dispatch:

Earlier this year, I fell ill with COVID-19. While I certainly knew that the disease was serious, I was surprised by how difficult the recovery process was. It took months before I felt like myself again!

My experience as a COVID-19 patient gave me a newfound appreciation for pharmaceutical innovation and access to quality medical care. Further, my battle with COVID-19 is why I am opposed to Congress’s current attempt to pass Medicare negotiation. I read that this measure could severely limit innovation, effectively reducing the number of new cures and treatments available to patients.

In the middle of a global health crisis, reducing medical innovation seems the worst possible idea. I speak from firsthand experience when I say that we need scientists and researchers working around the clock to find new cures, treatments and vaccines to combat COVID-19 as well as the next deadly virus or disease that will inevitably come our way.

With new variants evolving all the time, I urge Arizona’s members of Congress to vote against weakening innovation. Trust me, you can’t put a price on health.

Salina Joos



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