Thompson: Nation benefits when private sector principles are applied; Lessons learned in healthcare profession relevant to good public policy

October 14, 2013


Mr.Speaker:  Prior to being elected to Congress I worked 28 years as a health care provider.

Through working to provide patients with the best possible care, one of the earliest lessons I learned was the principle of “Do No Harm”.

The Nation would benefit greatly if those elected to public service followed this same principle. 

Unfortunately this principle has been seriously violated throughout the government funding debate.

Mr.Speaker:  The American people were harmed when President Obama failed to come to the negotiating table until 11 days after the shutdown occurred.

The American people were harmed when the Administration purposely sought to "win" the shutdown by causing as much pain as possible, before seeking to reopen government.

I quote: “It’s a cheap way to deal with the situation...We’ve been told to make life as difficult for people as we can. It’s disgusting,” stated an angry Park Service ranger in Washington, according to the Washington Times.

This is not public service, this is a public injustice.  It’s time to Do No More Harm. It’s time to end the politics and start solving problems.  The American people deserve as much.