Reforming the nations healthcare system has emerged as the top domestic issue in the 2008 presidential campaign. Driving that issue out of the brush are the usual three sharp sticks: access, cost and quality. The system is suffering because of the growing number of U.S. citizens without public or private health insurance benefits as well as from escalating costs and only marginal improvements in quality.
The candidates for the White House are deeply divided on how to best address those issues, with each hopefuls solution potentially having a dramatic effect on the healthcare delivery system. The solutions range from a government-controlled single-payer system, as espoused by Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio); to incremental expansions of current government programs, as supported by Bill Richardson, New Mexicos Democratic governor; to increased individual responsibility for personal health and insurance coverage, as backed by Mike Huckabee, the former Republican government of Arkansas. (You can read their guest commentaries and those of other presidential candidates in the Candidates Forum on Modern Healthcare Online at modernhealthcare.com.)