How to be a champion for the health care industry without being a hypocrite: The story of Petersen
The story is pretty simple.
In September, Petersen began to raise questions about the quality of care at its two-person pediatric intensive care unit at the University of Minnesota Medical Center, which treats about 20,000 children and adults each year.
The hospital had been in a long-running dispute with Petersen for years over its care and staffing.
Petersen sued the hospital and its CEO, Peter G. Peterson, alleging that the hospital’s “policy of excluding all but the most critically ill and dying from care was in violation of state and federal law.”
The hospital countersued.
Peterson had also been a vocal critic of the Affordable Care Act, which he had previously called “unworkable.”
He argued that the ACA would cost more than $200 billion a year in new taxes and penalties for individuals and businesses.
Petterson argued that its policies, like the ones he and other doctors had pushed for years, had been approved by the federal government.
Petinson argued that Petersen was being unfairly treated because the hospital had to compete for Medicare, the government health care program for the poor and elderly.
Petersen also argued that doctors were overpaid for their services, that the U.S. healthcare system had a “moral obligation” to give everyone access to high-quality, medically accurate care, and that the federal health care system had to be able to pay doctors’ bills.
In the midst of all this, Petterson made the controversial decision to start an online petition, asking his supporters to sign a pledge that he would not lobby the government for his hospital.
Petson, who has a net worth of more than twice that of President Trump, claimed that the signature campaign would give the petition an air of legitimacy and power that he could leverage to pressure the government into providing healthcare benefits to his hospital, which is one of only two in the nation that is not part of Medicare.
In addition, he said, the campaign would allow him to “speak truth to power.”
Petersen and other critics of the health system said that Peterson’s move would threaten the stability of the system, which has been plagued by a decline in hospital care that has been blamed on rising insurance premiums.
Petersons response to the petition was to argue that his hospital was doing the best it could to provide quality care, arguing that Petanzens commitment to the public good was well known.
“The public will be able see through the charade and see that our hospital is doing the very best it can for the public, and I will not let that charade become a political football,” Petersen said.
“I want to show our supporters that our public and private sector leaders are working to improve the health of our community and the people of Minnesota.”
Peterson’s petition raised the ire of health experts who said that the petition would only add to a long history of physicians taking action against hospitals.
The petition was a precursor to the signature drive that started last spring, when about 500,000 people signed the “My Health Care” petition.
The campaign was designed to convince the government to pay for care for those who cannot afford it, as well as to show the public how Petersen and his colleagues are treating their patients and their families.
The petition also sought to highlight that the United States has a strong public-private partnership system, in which private insurers pay hospitals for the care they provide.
The hospital’s response to Petersen’s petition was swift.
“Petersen Health Care’s leadership has made it clear that Petzens commitment to public good is well known, and our patients, their families and colleagues know it,” the hospital wrote in a statement to Recode.
“Our commitment to excellence is also well known in the profession, and we have demonstrated this leadership time and time again with a number of significant initiatives, including an aggressive expansion of our clinical care capabilities and the development of our new Advanced Medical Technology and Diagnostic Centers.
We also continue to work with the U,M Medical Center on a number to-do items.”
The hospital also noted that the campaign was not about Petersen personally, and instead was “about addressing a broader set of concerns” about the way the hospital was treating its patients.
The campaign received the attention of other prominent health care organizations, including the National Health Care Association, the American Medical Association, and the American Academy of Pediatrics.
The coalition behind the petition, which includes the American Hospital Association and the National Hospitals Association, said in a press release that it was “disappointed by Petersen Health’s actions.”
It also noted its “continued support for the ACA,” and said that “there is no better example of the public’s desire to hear from us than Petersen.
In this instance, Petanzers commitment to our public health and his willingness to speak truth to government is what’s needed to advance the health and wellbeing of the American people.”
The American Hospital Alliance, a national group of more then 100