The Undecided Voter

March 24, 2008

The campaign season is an interesting time for the undecided voter. Figuring out the candidates' stand on various issues and which issues are priorities is usually not so hard.

The campaign season is an interesting time for the undecided voter. Figuring out the candidates’ stand on various issues and which issues are priorities is usually not so hard.

This time around, there seems to be a consensus that healthcare is one of the most important issues, along with the economy and the war in Iraq. It is interesting to see how each candidate aims to reform the American healthcare system. Each proposes plans and funding ideas, but the real question I have is "will the candidates be able to deliver their promises?"

Senator Clinton is willing to set aside $50 million just to create a website that would increase transparency by placing more physician and hospital information online, giving patients more information to choose the best care available to them. Senator Obama is proposing $50 billion towards healthcare IT alone.

Where will this money come from? Amidst a looming recession, will ambitious healthcare plans have to take a back seat? Will candidates find a convenient excuse for postponing actions on a problem for which no easy agreeable solution exists?