Talk to the list
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.