Speculumating About 2008 Issues
For once, I'm looking forward to the candidacy debates for the 2008 election. Aside from Iraq, it looks like some of the major issues to be addressed will be universal healthcare, civil liberties (stop tapping our phones!), and the economy.
My dad used to complain that no matter how great a candidate looked, no matter how well spoken he was, the only issue that could get people's blood boiling was the pro-choice/pro-life debate. We need candidates who can argue less visceral topics - Healthcare. Budget. Foreign Policy. - with as much vigor. I want to know how they'll handle the country and what ideas they have in mind for getting the job done. I'm really eager to see who the Democrats (not to mention the Republicans) put forward as their presidential candidate.
One of the main issues this time round as a result of Governor Schwarzenegger's proposal for mandatory health insurance and Dubbya's proposed health plan is: universal health care. Both of the proposed plans have their problems, but at least they're drawing attention to a serious problem we have in this country: the fact that over 46 MILLION citizens do not have health insurance.
After receiving a statement from Blue Cross stating that they were billed $3500 for my MRI, I can't imagine having a precautionary procedure like that done without health insurance, not to mention the cost of the initial doctor's visit and follow up with a specialist; and the out-of-pocket cost of newer-generation migraine medications. And what if they'd indeed found I had the precurser to an aneurysm? How in the world would I have been able to afford the surgery to correct it?
If the main issue for 2008's election is healthcare, which I think is likely (and the most important, IMO, though most Americans put it third in their list of priorities), I think, with mixed emotions, that Senator Hillary Clinton's really got the edge. Obama is calling for "bold health reform," but Clinton has the experience - she was pushing for it when Bill was president.