Breast Cancer and the Failure of our Healthcare System

Throughout this last month, millions of Americans wore pink in remembrance of their mothers, grandmothers, daughters, wives and sisters who have succumb to breast cancer. As Breast Cancer Awareness Month comes to a close, it is imperative that we go beyond just commemorating those who were lost and start finding solutions to combat the number two cause of death among women in our country.

As a surgeon, I have specialized in breast cancer for over 35 years, and have seen firsthand thousands of patients struggling with this diagnosis.  In that time, I witnessed the traumatic effect cancer has on families and have seen it take the lives of many people far too early.

Medical professionals are witnessing an increased number of younger women being diagnosed with breast cancer. At the same time, government bureaucracies are implementing cost saving measures of socialized healthcare that decrease screening of young women resulting in fewer early detections and higher mortality rates.  Far too many women don’t survive because of healthcare costs and lack of access to premium care.

Let me stress that again: one in eight women will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime. This shouldn’t happen in a country that is leading the way in medical research.

That is why it is so critical to reform our healthcare system.  Our current system has gone through a lot of changes in the past decade. The problem is the individuals working on “fixing” our healthcare system don’t have a clue on what the problem is. No matter how well intentioned their solutions are, the fact remains that government interaction in our healthcare system is doing more harm than good.

Despite efforts of the government to bring costs down, currently our healthcare costs are continually on the rise.

As liberals strive to move toward a socialized medical system, access to premium care will actually be reserved for only those who can afford it. This year alone one of the most popular plans on is set to increase by a riveting 34%! This is simply unaffordable and leaves millions of Americans with substandard care.

If we truly want to address the issues of rising premiums, there is only one solution. That is to create more competition among healthcare delivery systems and allow health coverage to be sold across state lines. We need a market driven solution to drive down costs, and eliminate unnecessary waste in healthcare.

Wearing pink ribbons every October is fine, but unless we actually take action to get more women the proper care they need, we will not achieve our goal. The process needs to start with fixing a broken healthcare system.

As a candidate for congress, I’m ready to bring my expertise to congress and fight for the citizens of this country, just as I have for my patients.

Dr. Yona Barash has 35 years of expertise as a physician and a cancer surgeon. He is running for congress in California’s 7th Congressional District in Sacramento County. The 7th Congressional District is one of the most competitive districts in the entire country with the last few elections being decided by only a few percentage points. For more information about Dr. Yona Barash and his campaign please visit