Local doctor gets answer from President Obama on healthcare

By Crystal Price - bio | email

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - We have all been told to write politicians with our concerns in the government.

Dr. George Edmond Smith of Sulphur has been voicing his concerns on healthcare in local newspapers in recent months.

"I think people gripe around coffee about the health care system," says Dr. Smith. "I thought it was time to put my thoughts on paper and write President Obama."

Dr. Smith wrote his letter and put it in the mail three weeks ago.

"One of the things that I really wanted to say was because it's free, doesn't mean its bad medical care," says Dr. Smith. "Because it's cheap, or low-cost doesn't mean its bad medical care."

To his surprise, one week later a letter from the President came in the mail.

"President Obama thought it was a very interesting approach to medicine, says Dr. Smith."Then he closed with: 'sincerely Yours, The President.' So I thought that was kind of cool."

Smith says although the president may not act on his ideas, he was happy to get some feedback.

"I don't think he's going to consider what Dr. Smith is doing in Louisiana," says Dr. Smith. "I'm not going to expect him to take my idea and run with it, but I'm hoping everything turns out for the public."

Dr. Smith says this is the first of many letters he plans to send the president.

The family practitioner urges other folks to send their concerns to the White House, as they too can make a difference.

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