I teach a graduate nursing course in health-care systems and policy at the University of Washington Tacoma. The students are bipartisan, and we discuss the many policies and interests affecting current health-care reform issues from Wall Street to care in other countries and, of course, the details of the Affordable Care Act contrasted with the Romney/Ryan proposals.
It makes for lively discussion, debate and generates real dialogue among the students about our country’s path. Students are acutely aware of partisanship issues in our country that may threaten to disparage good policy for the sake of politics.
State Rep. Laurie Jinkins, D-Tacoma, was our guest lecturer recently. Jinkins inspired the students with her thoughtful focus on complex health-care issues and restored hope in the political process with authenticity and transparency. It is heartening to see a representative true to her values, regardless of party affiliation. We need more of that to grow future leaders in health care.