Supposedly, after Iraq, health care reform is the most important issue to voters. I'm not sure I buy that premise, but for the sake of this post, I'll go with it. Todd Zwillich over at WebMD enthuses about the reform possibilities:
Because, you know, it's accepted fact that this president and congress don't take health care seriously because observers like Todd say so. This kind of journalism irritates the stuffing out of me. But I digress.
Observers are hoping that the debate -- along with pressure from voters -- leads lawmakers and the next president to get serious about reforming the health care system.
Here is the mandate on health care reform:
Nearly four in 10 of those surveyed said they want to hear candidates talk about coverage shortages and the uninsured. Close to three in 10 said health costs were their No. 1 concern.There is no question that health care needs to be addressed in the United States just like there's no question education should be fixed. President Bush's plan to get health care back into the hands of the individual by pushing for medical savings accounts was a good start. But like Education, there are so many interests attached to maintaining the status quo, most "solutions" will be bureaucratic and cause more problems.
My evidence for that premise is all our other state run health care "solutions".
UPDATE: I went and looked at what Dr. Helen had to say, thanks Anon. Here's a video she linked to. It's worth taking the ten minutes to watch.