There's no doubting that Americans love a good debate. Here's hoping that the initial faceoff this week between the two presidential nominees doesn't disappoint.
Wednesday's debate, to be moderated by PBS “NewsHour” anchor Jim Lehrer, will focus solely on domestic policy issues. So given the heft of the nation's $2.7 trillion healthcare industry and how it somehow impacts every single one of the nearly 315 million residents of this country, the challenges facing the industry are likely to become prominent talking points during the 90-minute event.
And that's the problem. At this point in the process, we don't need sketchy ideas and rote lines from stump speeches. In the dwindling number of days until the election, everyone is looking for real substance as the candidates explain their policy proposals. The debate will also provide time for immediate rebuttal from the other side, helping viewers decide for themselves who is making a more persuasive argument.
Lehrer is among the best at moderating these events and covering all the bases, so it's a sure thing significant time will be spent on healthcare. During that allotted time, here's what we hope to hear: