A busy weekend here in Iowa as six of the seven Republican Presidential Candidates were on location campaigning , and participating in a high stakes ABC News debate in Des Moines. Health care remains a hot topic, and will continue to be one as we approach the Iowa Caucus and subsequent primaries. Most of the critiques are aimed at the individual mandate portion, which is timely because of the looming Supreme Court decision on this subject.
The other problem, and one which I would argue is more disturbing and one that should be discussed further is the rising cost of health care in this country, and the fact that this is causing a tremendous strain on the American economy. Most voters are seeing an increase in their health insurance premiums again this year. Many of these people are not getting raises, and therefore this equates to less take-home pay for millions of Americans.
So while the individual mandate is a point that resonates with the public electorate, particularly because many Americans do not want to be told what to do, it is only part of the problem, and more action on addressing health care costs in this country is paramount. This of course, is going to take time, a commitment from the American people and a bi-partisan solution involving both Congress and the White House, and whoever is living there after the 2012 elections.