Editor, Casa Grande Dispatch:
I am an oncology nurse, and every day I see patients who are suffering from terrible forms of cancer. These are people who have had their lives upended because of terrible illnesses and now must receive aggressive treatments to stave off the spread of the cancer cells.
Yet what gives my patients and me hope is the fact that we believe that one day very soon there will be new lifesaving treatments for the various cancers they live with. Treatments that will not be toxic to their bodies and will not cause them to become shells of themselves.
Unfortunately, Congress is considering repealing a key provision in the Medicare program that would rob my patients fighting cancer of that hope. The last thing any of us need is restrictive legislation that disrupts simple access to necessary medicines in order to save pennies. Repealing the key provision in the Medicare Part D program — the noninterference clause — will keep us from achieving a world where our most vulnerable will have access to cures for illnesses like cancer. We must not lose out on key investments in scientific discoveries today and lifesaving treatments in the future.
I hope our elected leaders in D.C. will stand for me, for my patients and not attack our Medicare program. They must help protect our health and not rob us of our hope.