Debate time

We’ve already had one Presidential Debate and one Vice Presidential Debate and like many of you I watched both and I was entertained.  The problem is I would prefer to be informed.  I would prefer for each of the candidates to give me details about their respective plans so that I can be an informed voter. 

As we move forward with the scheduled debates I’m hopeful that the candidates will give specifics on how they plan to fix some of our problems.  I of course want to know how the candidates plan to get people back to work and fix the economy but since this is a health care blog let me share with you what I want to learn about how the candidates plan to fix health care.

1) Governor Romney swears, that if elected, he will work to repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Obamacare as he calls it).  O.K. but what aspects of the ACA would he retain?  There are a number of provisions in the law that are popular and make sense.

2)  I would like to know how President Obama can ensure that the Affordable Care Act remains “affordable”.  It has come to light that the ACA, as is, will have little effect on the upward cost curve in health care.  What changes does he feel are necessary to reduce current spending trends.

3) It appears that Governor Romney supports privatizing Medicare.  How does he guarantee that a private system will be affordable in the future?

4) If President Obama favors the Medicare system as is, how does he guarantee its solvency and guarantee that it will be there when I need it?

5)  How does “health” fit into health care.  There has been a lot of talk about affordability from both candidates but there has not been much talk about how the system will help our country be healthier.

We have difficult decisions to make as a country and we have difficult problems to solve.  Specifics are important to solve the problems and specifics are going to be important when I cast by ballot.

About Craig Thompson

I am a young professional with two great sons, and I work in the healthcare setting. I am employed in hospital administration and serve as Chief Executive Officer at Golden Valley Memorial Healthcare in Clinton, Missouri. At GVMH we care for our families, friends and neighbors. We're committed to providing the safest, friendliest and most compassionate care to all we serve.
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