The political issue I would really like to see better addressed is....................
While I feel the need to be socially accepted and say the war in Iraq, My real issue is heathcare. I have great insurance. No real problems. The problem I have is that people like my parents, who don't have health insurance available to them through their jobs, an unable to obtain healthcare. My mother had knee surgery a couple of years ago, and developed blood clots. since then, her health has spiraled downhill. She is now on Coumadin (sp??) for the rest of her life, has to go and have labs done every 3 weeks, and has developed some other health issues. She CAN'T get health insurance at all, even though she can afford to pay for it, because she has preexisting conditions. My stepfather had an issue with his prostate, and even though the doctors have cleared him, and given him a clean bill of health, he still got denied.
The medial bills have eaten up all of their savings, so they have nothing left for retirement.
I've checked into the discount plans available, like Ameriplan, and there are no providers in their area. They are stuck.
While I don't believe there should be a federal health care plan, I would like to see some rules established that say that insurance carriers can't deny you if you can afford the premiums. There should be options available if you need or want them, and there really aren't any, unless you are lucky enough to have a job with a decent plan.
My mother is self employed, and my step dad works in a different state from the one he lives in, so his work insurance canceled him because he didn't reside in the state the policy was held in, he lives 4 miles over the state line. (instead of having a company wide policy, his employer was paying for individual policies since his company is so small.)
My father actually works for a LARGE company, and they just switched plans on their employees to save the company money, and it doesn't cover hardly anything. It sucks.
I don't have an idea how to fix it. I have heard all the candidates' plans, and I really don't like their ideas either.