Log Out Guest columnist(Photo: BernardaSv, Getty Images/iStockphoto) Back in 1997, House speaker Newt Gingrich reached across the political aisle to create a bipartisan coalition with President Bill Clinton to address the budget, Medicare and Social Security reform.
But rather than cut it, a better solution is to connect a basic scaled-down product with a built-in bridge to jobs programs and premium support for increased services.
Defunding Planned Parenthood may be part of the Republican platform, but it has nothing to do with the healthcare law and should be addressed separately if at all.
But the Democrats are concerned that separating out sicker, higher-risk patients could lead to soaring premiums they can’t afford.
Finally, both Republicans and Democrats need to recognize that we doctors are drowning in electronic record-keeping, defensive medicine bred of fear of liability, and excess time spent fighting with insurers for approvals and payments on behalf of our patients and ourselves.