Partisanship: The new model for Congress

by Madeleine Lovette

For real change to occur, politicians must read across party lines

“I’m sure in your profession that you often consult your colleagues about certain procedures and are able to sit down and collectively determine how to treat a patient, knowing that there is no absolutely right or absolutely wrong solution. This is almost impossible to do in Congress,” admitted former Ways and Means Subcommittee Chairman and BlueDog Coalition co-founder John Tanner. Mr. Tanner spoke to a “PACked” audience at the AAOS Orthopaedic Political Action Committee luncheon during the 2011 AAOS Annual Meeting about the country’s political predicament that has led to what he called a “structural deficit.”

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