If you are feeling short on time, it is because your universe is expanding. I feel the same way. Perhaps smart phones are making people over-commit as we shift from a post industrial managerial to an information society. Others believe the economy in stagnation forcing is companies to do more with less, which translates to more work for you. Whatever your situation, and regardless of how busy you may or may not be, it is important to educate yourself about the candidates this election, particularly their stance on health care. Many of them will not have a position because this is complex issue, but they need to be held accountable.
Vice President Joe Biden and Congressman Paul Ryan will debate this evening. A monumental event for both sides as the presidential race has grown closer after Governor Romney’s first performance. The candidates will spend half the evening discussing domestic policy, and the other half will focus on foreign policy. Expect two key words to make the spin room tomorrow. Jobs and Medicare. There will be plenty of disinformation to keep fact-checkers busy tomorrow, and a lot of big numbers. I don’t expect they will really talk about the true problems, rising healthcare costs and its impact on the future of our country.
Healthcare is one of the largest expenses out of everybody’s paycheck each year. It is even worse if you are paying COBRA. What about the person who did have a medical problem, and is paying off a medical expense. Why care about Medicare? First of all, you are paying for it through payroll tax, and if you are a younger American, like me, we are seeing Medicare spending threaten future budgets. Despite proposing differing programs, both parties are essentially going to spend the same amount of money. The issue of entitlement spending and repealing the Affordable Care Act will likely dominate the domestic portion of the debate.
Tomorrow I will dive into the issue of Medicare, and tell you why the issue matters to all of us, regardless of your age or politics. I will also clarify the myths and disinformation discussed about the Affordable Care Act this evening. Click around HealthReformExplained.com for other useful information on healthcare.