Health care must be a priority for members of Congress
As the dust begins to settle from the mid-term elections and while most race results have been finalized, it’s apparent that Pennsylvanians clearly had health care on their minds when they entered the voting booths.
A recent survey from Ipsos and Consumers for Quality Care found that health care was one of the top-two issues that informed Americans’ vote on Nov. 6, and that Democrats and Republicans actually agree on the subject much more than you’d think. Americans are deeply frustrated with our health care system and the consensus is clear: voters are tired of partisan politics on health care, they want a more patient-centered approach than what is currently being discussed, and they think improving health care should be a major priority for elected officials.
The Ipsos/CQC survey also found that two in three Americans say they struggle with predicting how much they will have to pay for health care when they need it and they want more clarity and transparency to avoid getting hit with surprise bills and shocking fees.
As Pennsylvania’s re-elected and newly-elected members of Congress head to Washington to take care of our nation’s business, I urge them to show voters that they heard their concerns and act swiftly to address them.
(Donna Christensen is a physician, former member of Congress (D-VI) and Consumers for Quality Care board member.)