Ken Hartnett's recent op-ed should be broadcast across our country ("Your View: It’s time for a new Democratic Party," June 28).

It perfectly articulates a solution for a healthier alternative to the mire in Washington. But I reckon it's Big Money that is polluting our precious democracy. Rampant is bribery ... a.k.a. "lobbyists" and Citizens United wheeling and dealing in Washington.

The health insurance companies are the master puppeteers, whose sole incentive is in making as much money as they can. Forget affordability.

It's going to take a miracle to turn this around.

Dedee Shattuck

Dartmouth