Lat­est bud­get fi­asco shows why po­lit­i­cal com­pro­mise is nec­es­sary

Modern Healthcare - - MODERN HEALTHCARE - Brian B. Shea Vice pres­i­dent Col­lec­tion Bureau of the Hud­son Val­ley New Fair­field, Conn.

Re­gard­ing “Su­per­com­mit­tee fails to reach deal,” Modern­health­, Nov. 21: This is an in­cred­i­ble demon­stra­tion of in­com­pe­tence and ar­ro­gance. It could only be sur­passed if they try to re­peal the law that would pro­vide the dras­tic au­to­matic cuts. There must be ram­i­fi­ca­tions.

Both sides clearly put ide­ol­ogy and party over coun­try. Six in­di­vid­u­als sit­ting on this panel had al­ready signed al­le­giance to a pri­vate cit­i­zen pledg­ing to ad­here to his pol­icy on tax in­creases. That was a vi­o­la­tion of their oath to the Con­sti­tu­tion. The Con­sti­tu­tion gives them the power to reg­u­late taxes, and all polls in­di­cate that the Amer­i­can peo­ple be­lieve that the deficit must be ad­dressed through ex­pen­di­ture cuts and tax in­creases. I, for one, fa­vor a 70% to 30% ra­tio with thought-out cuts and taxes.

Com­pro­mise is what this coun­try is based on: com­pet­ing ide­olo­gies, in­ter­ests and peo­ples find­ing com­mon ground to pro­vide the “great­est good for the great­est num­ber.”

Nowhere in that def­i­ni­tion is the word “ca­pit­u­la­tion” or the terms “cav­ing in” or “my way or no way.”

Let’s bring honor back to com­pro­mise and the ad­vance­ment of the Amer­i­can peo­ple.

It is clear that the re­turn to nor­malcy will have to come from the roar of the Amer­i­can peo­ple to their lead­ers. The real con­cern is in what form will that come?

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