My top 3 concerns are:
- Health care
This is the biggie for me right now. Our health care system is seriously messed up. Millions of children (and adults, of course) do not have health care. Millions more have inadequate health care. Of developed countries, we have the highest per capita cost for health care, but we are not number one. Nope, we rank #37.
I'm going to repeat that: Our health care system ranks #37 in the world. We pay more than many others of the richest countries in the world, but our health care isn't as good.
What we pay in health care also cuts into other areas of our lives. Insurance premiums constantly go up, but we do not get better health care. We just pay more. Sometimes we get worse health care -- with benefits cut. With all of the other pressures on the household budget, health care is often the thing that is dropped. If you don't lose it because your employer can't afford it anymore.
Additionally, there are other costs. If you don't have health care, it costs you -- and society -- more in the long run. How many people wait until things are bad enough for the emergency room before they go in? It would be cheaper all the way around if preventative measures were encouraged. As it is, without insurance (and even with some insurance), we wait until the last possible second to get anything taken care of. And it costs more for everyone.
Neither of the candidates offers universal health care. However, Obama provides a plan that would allow the government more of a role in closing the gap that we see in ability to pay for health insurance. Obama's policies would directly benefit the Middle Class. When all is said and done, McCain's would most likely do little more than maintain the status quo. And one thing we don't need in terms of health care in this country is the status quo.
What do you think about health care in America? What issues are most important to you?
Tags: health care, Election 2008, issues election, universal health care,
economy, Barack Obama, John McCain