In Today’s Political Environment, Walter’s Advice is "Embrace Uncertainty"

April 21, 2017

The health care industry was steeped in uncertainty even before the passage of the ACA, but now with the failed attempt to repeal and replace Obamacare along with all the other changes in reimbursement and regulations, the roadmap to the future is even more unclear.

Health care is not the only environment where change and uncertainty are the norm, political insider Amy Walter told more than 1,000 people gathered for WHA Advocacy Day 2017. She advised the only way to survive the constant drama playing out in the media every day is to embrace uncertainty.

"You have to learn to accept uncertainty to be able to understand the world we are in right now," according to Walter, the national editor of the Cook Political Report and former political director of ABC News.

"2017 has been quite a year, and we are not even halfway through it. It feels like it has been 300 days (since President Donald Trump’s inauguration), not just 90," she said. "It feels a little overwhelming. You wake up every day to lots of drama in our country and in our world. It is exhausting just keeping up with the headlines and the news."

Walter said there are many new faces in Congress, with two thirds of the Republicans serving in the Senate never having served under a Republican President or having a chance to work with their own party.

"The Republicans are used to saying no, but they are finding that getting to yes is very different. Governing is hard," she said.

Walter said we have to accept the fact we are living in uncertain times, and not just here in the U.S.

"The whole world is feeling upheaval. The post-world war era progress is being upended. The surprise was it took this long to happen, 20-30 years to come to a head given the demographics in our country," according to Walter. "Think about the generation over 55 years of age. That generation is overwhelmingly white—80 percent—compared to the kids under five years old now where the majority are not white. Just in the course of one lifetime we have seen a complete change in the demographic makeup of this country."

Walters is a regular panelist on NBC’s Meet the Press, PBS’ Washington Week, and Fox News’ Special Report with Bret Baier, and can also be seen on Face the Nation and Fox News Sunday. She also provides political analysis every Monday evening for the PBS NewsHour.

This story originally appeared in the April 21, 2017 edition of WHA Newsletter