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Reader's View: Health care can be Congress' top priority

According to a recent survey by Ipsos and Consumers for Quality Care, health care was one of the top two issues on the minds of Americans when they went to the ballot box on Nov. 6. That's not surprising, as 60 percent said they struggle with predicting how much they will have to pay for health care. The survey also found that the top issue identified by both Democrats and Republicans is the need for more clarity and transparency about what providers and medicines are — or are not — covered by their health insurance; 77 percent indicated that.

In terms of desired changes, 80 percent of Americans want information at the point of sale if there is a way to save money on a prescription, and 77 percent want increased transparency from hospitals, insurers, and pharmaceutical companies about cost and access to care, according to the survey. Americans also believe the private health care industry and policymakers should come together to improve the system.

When the North Star State's new and returning members of Congress head to Washington, D.C., in January, I urge them to put aside partisanship and work to ensure that quality, affordable health care is available for Minnesotans and all Americans.

Donna Christensen

Washington, D.C.

The writer is a physician, a board member for Consumers for Quality Care, and a former member of the U.S. House of Representatives; she represented the U.S. Virgin Islands from 1997 to 2015.