Sue Lani Madsen’s column today “Health care talk: Value these two principles,” (Jan. 6) is right on. Washington state has a chance to demonstrate the rewards to be reaped from not demonizing one another and instead finding common ground to solve problems that a dysfunctional, do-nothing U.S. Congress (a pox on both their houses!) will never address.
None of us, whatever our “label,” whether East Side, West Side or any other Side, wants to see our fellow citizens suffer and die or bankrupt themselves due to lack of affordable health care. Access is not affordability. Yep, we may all have to give a little, compromise a little, to obtain a workable system, but so what?
The takeaway from Ms. Madsen’s column is golden: Treat one another with respect and dignity and understanding and strive honestly toward the common good. Come on, Washington state, we can do this.