Re: “House vote orders committees to work up reform-replacement legislation,” (ModernHealthcare.com, Jan. 20): I think it is a very positive thing that our representatives want to ensure that we have a healthcare program that represents quality care, meets the needs of the individual and is affordable. However, as long as they have the healthcare plans they do, they are never going to be able to fully understand the real issues firsthand. I think the first thing that needs to happen is for them to have to purchase plans, whether it be a health savings account or a traditional plan, and deal with the day-in-and-day-out restrictions and denials like the rest of America has to do. One of the best ways to learn and understand is to go through the process. When it is your own pocketbook that is affected, you can learn rather quickly. Once they have a personal understanding of our current complex healthcare and reimbursement systems, they will be better prepared to develop programs and systems. Healthcare is not about Democrats and Republicans; it is about the American people.
Aspirus Wausau HospitalWausau, Wis.