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Thank you for a com­pre­hen­sive, non­judg­men­tal list (“The 100 Most In­flu­en­tial Peo­ple in Health­care,” Aug. 22, p. 6). Now what? Un­de­ni­ably, the list is com­posed of the lead­ers who rep­re­sent mil­lions, if not all, of the stake­hold­ers in health­care to­day.

Rep. Paul Ryan said, “The pri­mary driver of our national debt is our health­care pro­gram … save the health­care sys­tem and you’re sav­ing the coun­try from its debt cri­sis,” and Ver- mont Gov. Peter Shum­lin said, “If you took ... all the Tea Party cuts to the fed­eral bud­get and im­ple­mented them, and ... all the rev­enue Democrats have pro­posed rais­ing from the wealthy and you put them to­gether, you would still have the same fed­eral spend­ing chal­lenges, the same growth in bud­gets and the same tril­lions of dol­lars of debt you have right now in three years.”

If those as­ser­tions are cor­rect, then why doesn’t Pres­i­dent Obama in­vite the en­tire list—and no one else—to Camp David for a week­end or a week or a month and solve the debt cri­sis by solv­ing the pri­mary driver of that cri­sis?

Congress spent weeks dis­cussing the penum­bra of the cri­sis, a su­per­com­mit­tee will spend the next two months do­ing the same, and then Congress and the coun­try is go­ing to spend a year and bil­lions of dol­lars on the elec­tion cam­paign dis­cussing it again—and we all can agree, noth­ing will change!

The govern­ment, the or­ga­ni­za­tions, and the com­pa­nies the list mem­bers rep­re­sent will sur­vive with­out these peo­ple for a week—but the coun­try will not if some­thing isn’t done quickly.

If these 100 can’t solve the prob­lem, who can?

The idea is rev­o­lu­tion­ary, never been done, but sim­ple. Is it worth a try?

David Haron Frank Haron Weiner Troy, Mich.

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