JAMES E. DOTY
JAMES E. DOTY
As a business owner and adviser on multiple layers of the health care industry, Doty has what might be a unique perspective locally.
On one hand, he's senior principal/contractor of physician strategies and services for Thomson Reuters, a $14 billion international corporation.
On the other, he's president and CEO of InstiComm, a three-year-old, seven-employee local software company serving medical businesses.
He also is a part owner in a group of health clubs.
From Doty's view, President Obama
isn't to blame for what Doty refers to as the "ice jam" clogging economic progress in America.
At least, Doty
believes the divisions in Congress earn much more of the blame.
"On a scale of 1 to 10, I'd give President Obama
a 2 or 3 when it comes to blame," Doty
"I think he
inherited a huge set of problems… I fault the divisions in the House and Senate
, the polarization more than the president."
said, the United States would elect a president that's a true fiscal conservative.
says the nation hasn't had one since Ronald Reagan.
"That would improve the position of the small business," he
Being fiscally conservative himself, Doty
says politically, the nation would benefit most by whichever combination of Democrats and Republicans, in the White House and Congress, best serves the country.
And that could even include a Republican
president without a Republican majority in Congress.
"As a business owner, business adviser, whatever it takes to break this ice jam, I'm for," he
health care reform taking center stage in the national economic debate, Doty
finds himself an opponent of mandated reform but a believer in national health care reform.
points out that the U.S. is the only industrialized nation without a national health care option and he
believes the current system is not only unhealthy, but unsustainable.
"I support a national health care option," he
says, "but as an employer I want the choice.
I don't want it mandated.
"The U.S. has a health care cost per capita almost double the closest industrialized country, with life expectancy outcomes way down the list.
Other than Mexico, we are the only country without some form of national health care."
said the largest drug companies and insurance companies have a stranglehold on health care, with 16 states - including Idaho
- offering just two choices: Blue Cross and Blue Shield
"We need a national health care option to knock them out of control," Doty
"It is an area I agree with President Obama's
But the chaos in health care hasn't been bad for Doty's
Quite the contrary.
"For us it's been a great year because in health care, the more confusion and upheaval there is, the busier we are," he