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Wednesday, 13 September 2017 00:01

Put patients first, compare apples to apples

Written by  Meg Murray

Congress has returned from its August recess with a full plate of must-pass legislation – hurricane disaster relief, the debt ceiling, annual appropriations to keep the government running. In the midst of these pressing issues, the reauthorization of the Children's Health Insurance Program may seem like an afterthought.

Indeed, after the highly contentious debate this summer over whether to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, there may be a considerable amount of "healthcare fatigue" on Capitol Hill. Both sides made their arguments, fought for their positions, and then retired to their corners awaiting the next round.

However, before we return to the debate over healthcare, we should determine whether we are ready to elevate the discussion from name-calling to facts. I would argue it is a debate we're not yet ready to have. It's not for a lack of emotional maturity; it's because we don't yet have the facts.

As the CEO of the Association for Community Affiliated Plans, I spend my time advocating for 60 "safety net health plans" that deliver Medicaid managed care, CHIP, Medicare Advantage, and Marketplaces to more than 20 million Americans. I believe that the Right is truly concerned with patient outcomes. And there is work we can do, together, that falls outside of ideological lines.

Read more at The Washington Examiner

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