I Don't Know Much About Politics
Really, I don't know that much. Politics to me is complicated and deceiving, and by not knowing which reports to trust or even believing any candidate will follow through with his promises, I find myself avoiding the issues more often than not. But as I've grown older and recognized how these elections will ultimately impact my life, profession, and, gulp, money, I find it necessary to start understanding the topics and candidates more thoroughly.
I searched for "Affordable care act summary" online and found the top page of results dating from 2011 and 2010, although I was almost certain the bill was passed just this summer. I went to the White House website and found a general overview of the bill and its benefits. No lifetime dollar limits to coverage, children with pre-existing conditions can no longer be denied coverage, covers for preventive services, prolonged coverage for young adults, and even strengthening the Medicare system. Looks pretty good.
When I hear the word "Medicare," all I know, and most of my colleagues would likely agree -- I think of less reimbursement, and I think of all the other insurance companies who follow that payment model.
On the other side of the coin, the Internet chatter over Mitt Romney's Medicare proposals are not all that complimentary. Romney believes competition and innovation will have a greater impact on keeping Medicare afloat versus Obama's federal administration-dominated plan. Romney suggests placing greater responsibility on state governments to regulate local insurance, promoting free markets and reliance on competition to drive improvements in efficiency and effectiveness, and empowering consumer choice. Sounds pretty good.
I visited the health care page of Mitt Romney's website -- the first paragraph reads in bold print, "OBAMA'S FAILURE." Really? Can't be civil toward each other, can we? I don't understand the blatant finger pointing at the other candidate and wish both parties could maintain a greater degree of professionalism as this election heats up.
Either way, those baby boomers are only getting older and will be flooding our physical therapy clinics very soon. The changes any president can make both to health care and Medicare in the upcoming years will be crucial to supporting our senior citizens. Perhaps the best solution isn't one extreme or the other, but elements of both candidates' proposals.
For the record, I don't consider myself to be either a "Democrat" or a "Republican." I've voted for both parties in the past. I vote for the person I most agree with and who I believe can lead our country best.
What do you think? Do you know much about either candidate? Although the election is more than two months away, have you started researching the opinions of both Mitt Romney and Barack Obama?