On 10 December 2007, I had the opportunity to attend the “Secure Borders Christmas party” at the Italian American Club in Las Vegas. Duncan Hunter was the guest speaker. Mr. Hunter spoke informatively for 2 hours to a packed dinner hall of enthusiastic Republicans. Although the event was mostly for individuals involved with the border issue, Mr. Hunter expanded on several other issues that will affect our population in the future. The audience responded to Mr. Hunter’s innovative and common sense platforms with round after round of applause and standing ovations.
In 2017, the average age of the baby boomer will be 70 years old. If medical costs continue to inflate 10 percent a year, it will only take another 7.2 years for these costs to double. Add the baby boomer generation that is 80 million strong, and our present healthcare system is untenable. I asked this same question to Duncan Hunter. Unlike many of the other candidates, both Republican and Democrat, who want to expand government or mandate coverage, Mr. Hunter has a different approach.
Duncan Hunter wants to bring back the family doctor. He feels that most doctors would love to have a simpler method of payment from patients. When a doctor gets paid, a little goes to the insurance company, a little goes to the lawyers, a little goes to several different book keepers etc. Some 30 percent goes to just administration. 10 to 15 percent of medical costs go to attorneys and patient malpractice awards. Some doctors pay in excess of $120,000 a year in malpractice insurance.