Cur­rent health­care sys­tem is un­sus­tain­able, but let’s shed par­ti­san pol­i­tics

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Re­gard­ing the on­line com­men­tary by As­cen­sion CEO An­thony Ter­signi (“With health­care leg­is­la­tion, Se­nate should take the time to do it right,” ModernHealth­care.com, June 22), I con­grat­u­late Mr. Ter­signi on this very thought­ful piece and I con­cur. How­ever, we will go nowhere in Wash­ing­ton un­til lead­ers on both sides of the aisle and in the White House pub­licly rec­og­nize three things:

We need to take the par­ti­san pol­i­tics out of this de­bate. Frankly, I am amazed that po­lit­i­cal lead­ers do not rec­og­nize that the best “pol­i­tics” is do­ing what’s right for the Amer­i­can peo­ple.

Every­body needs to rec­og­nize that the cur­rent health­care pay­ment sys­tem across the en­tire con­tin­uum of care is un­sus­tain­able. There­fore, do­ing noth­ing/the sta­tus quo is not an op­tion.

Repub­li­cans should stop talk­ing about re­peal of the Af­ford­able Care Act. Let’s keep what’s good about the ACA and fix what’s bad.

This is the work that the ma­jor­ity of Amer­i­cans want to see come out of Wash­ing­ton.

Rick Abrams Madi­son, Wis.

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