Arjun Parasher
Medical Student

Arjun Parasher

Arjun Parasher is a third year medical student at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. He was also a Gates Scholar in the Department of Politics and International Studies at the University of Cambridge, U.K.

The way forward

So what message has Massachusetts conveyed with the election of Scott Brown? Americans, particularly independent voters, desire a bipartisan solution. Their primary concern is the economy, the deficit and jobs, making them more inclined to health-care cost control, but less so to an increase in federal spending. They distrust government and prefer a consumer-choice approach that leaves them with the freedom to choose. Finally, voters have reaffirmed the advice of former Secretary of Health and Human Services Donna Shalala, now president of the University of Miami: for major legislation to pass there must be consensus on the problem and the solution.

Together, these lessons can provide a path forward. The American public now earnestly looks for Congressional leaders to emerge. More specifically, they wait for a deal making coalition, not within one party, but between parties to develop a consensus approach.

By Arjun Parasher  |  January 22, 2010; 11:32 AM ET  | Category:  Health Care Reform Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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