What question would you like to ask the Republican presidential candidates about health care?

Yahoo! News and ABC News will host a Republican presidential debate on Saturday, December 10, at Drake University in Des Moines, IA. Here is your opportunity to ask the candidates your specific questions about health care. Let us know and we may include your question in the debate. You can also tweet your question to #IowaDebate.

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  • 8 years ago
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  • Anonymous
    5 years ago

    But let's get down to a really tough question. Does every American deserve health care? That opens up the debate of what constitutes being an American in the first place? Which is a debate for another day. What about the person, whole families, even generations of families that have never worked, never payed taxes, but have lived off the system year after year? Are you planning to provide them with health care? Really??? How does that person compare to the person that's been working and paying taxes since the age of 15 1/2. Will their health care be equal? Somehow it all just doesn't make sense. If you don't contribute, why would you expect anything back? This Country started and prospered with a lot of hard work, tears and blood. Why is today any different? Sometimes it seems that if you don't ever pay taxes you shouldn't have the ability to vote. Very controversially I know. But again, if you don't contribute, why should you have a say in how it's spent? Our poor Forefathers have to be looking down on us all with disgust and shame. When did you all become so corrupt? When did we become so lazy? When did any of us think any of it was ok?

  • 4 years ago

    That opens up the debate of what constitutes being an American in the first place? Which is a debate for another day. What about the person, whole families, even generations of families that have never worked, never payed taxes, but have lived off the system year after year? Are you planning to provide them with health care? Really??? How does that person compare to the person that's been working and paying taxes since the age of 15 1/2. Will their health care be equal? Somehow it all just doesn't make sense. If you don't contribute, why would you expect anything back? This Country started and prospered with a lot of hard work, tears and blood. Why is today any different? Sometimes it seems that if you don't ever pay taxes you shouldn't have the ability to vote. Very controversially I know. But again, if you don't contribute, why should you have a say in how it's spent? Our poor Forefathers have to be looking down on us all with disgust and shame. When did you all become so corrupt? When did we become so lazy? When did any of us think any of it was ok?

  • 5 years ago

    But let's get down to a really tough question. Does every American deserve health care? That opens up the debate of what constitutes being an American in the first place? Which is a debate for another day. What about the person, whole families, even generations of families that have never worked, never payed taxes, but have lived off the system year after year? Are you planning to provide them with health care? Really??? How does that person compare to the person that's been working and paying taxes since the age of 15 1/2. Will their health care be equal? Somehow it all just doesn't make sense. If you don't contribute, why would you expect anything back? This Country started and prospered with a lot of hard work, tears and blood. Why is today any different? Sometimes it seems that if you don't ever pay taxes you shouldn't have the ability to vote. Very controversially I know. But again, if you don't contribute, why should you have a say in how it's spent? Our poor Forefathers have to be looking down on us all with disgust and shame. When d

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  • 8 years ago

    I would like to challenge the Republican presidential candidates to provide for every American the same health care that they and their families receive.In other words top of the line real health care. No waiting for an insurance company to approve every test and/or procedure, no waiting weeks for appointments and no restrictions on Doctors or Specialists. If that is not possible, then what's good enough for the "people" is good enough for the "government" right?

    As a RN for 30 years I've seen what's happened with "managed care". Both as a nurse and as a patient. Health care, patient care has declined significantly. Insurance companies still make the money but the care giver's hands are tied having to ask "mother may I" for every test and procedure. The candidates aren't talking about health care, their talking about government reform. Care went out of this debate long ago.

    Those uninsured and those here illegally get better and faster care than those with insurance for a multitude of reasons. At times filling hospital beds, delaying ED admits, sometimes for hours. What are the candidates plans in dealing with that issue?

    But let's get down to a really tough question. Does every American deserve health care? That opens up the debate of what constitutes being an American in the first place? Which is a debate for another day. What about the person, whole families, even generations of families that have never worked, never payed taxes, but have lived off the system year after year? Are you planning to provide them with health care? Really??? How does that person compare to the person that's been working and paying taxes since the age of 15 1/2. Will their health care be equal? Somehow it all just doesn't make sense. If you don't contribute, why would you expect anything back? This Country started and prospered with a lot of hard work, tears and blood. Why is today any different? Sometimes it seems that if you don't ever pay taxes you shouldn't have the ability to vote. Very controversially I know. But again, if you don't contribute, why should you have a say in how it's spent? Our poor Forefathers have to be looking down on us all with disgust and shame. When did you all become so corrupt? When did we become so lazy? When did any of us think any of it was ok?

    LE

    Source(s): ABC NEWS, CBS NEWS, NBC NEWS, CNN, HLN, MULTIPLE NURSING MAGAZINES
  • 5 years ago

    You advocate pro-life ideals for the poor, the elderly and for the unborn. What about the middle class? Where is their protection if you repeal the health reform act? Hard working middle class families are the back bone of our society. Many companies are not offering health insurance because of the staggering costs (insurance has gone up 300% within the last decade before “Obamacare” was even mentioned). What about the husband and father who actually works hard for his families, be it full- time or working two part-time jobs but may have a child with asthma or a wife who was born with a heart defect and cannot buy insurance due to pre-existing laws? Would you be open to an exchange for small businesses and individuals whose employers do not offer insurance as an alternative to the health care reform act? I hope you don't think it is okay to rationalize the middle class.

    Then you go to Aetna, United Health Care, Blue Cross and Blue Shield and you tell them that from this day forward there is one group. The group is called America, go sign up as many as you can. The plan would have one premium driven by market forces for a HMO, PPO or whatever type plan you want. By letting the market set the premium across the board for each potential would spread the risk across the board and level the playing field. As is the custom today companies would be required to withhold a percentage of a person’s income to pay the premiums. Once the market forces take over the price of health care would drop like a rock.

  • 5 years ago

    You advocate pro-life ideals for the poor, the elderly and for the unborn. What about the middle class? Where is their protection if you repeal the health reform act? Hard working middle class families are the back bone of our society. Many companies are not offering health insurance because of the staggering costs (insurance has gone up 300% within the last decade before “Obamacare” was even mentioned). What about the husband and father who actually works hard for his families, be it full- time or working two part-time jobs but may have a child with asthma or a wife who was born with a heart defect and cannot buy insurance due to pre-existing laws? Would you be open to an exchange for small businesses and individuals whose employers do not offer insurance as an alternative to the health care reform act? I hope you don't think it is okay to rationalize the middle class. All the state laws for health insurance need to be removed. Then you go to Aetna, United Health Care, Blue Cross and Blue Shield and you tell them that from this day forward there is one group. The group is called America, go sign up as many as you can. The plan would have one premium driven by market forces for a HMO, PPO or whatever type plan you want. By letting the market set the premium across the board for each potential would spread the risk across the board and level the playing field. As is the custom today companies would be required to withhold a percentage of a person’s income to pay the premiums. Once the market forces take over the price of health care would drop like a rock.

  • 4 years ago

    Which is a debate for another day. What about the person, whole families, even generations of families that have never worked, never payed taxes, but have lived off the system year after year? Are you planning to provide them with health care? Really??? How does that person compare to the person that's been working and paying taxes since the age of 15 1/2. Will their health care be equal? Somehow it all just doesn't make sense. If you don't contribute, why would you expect anything back? This Country started and prospered with a lot of hard work, tears and blood. Why is today any different? Sometimes it seems that if you don't ever pay taxes you shouldn't have the ability to vote. Very controversially I know. But again, if you don't contribute, why should you have a say in how it's spent? Our poor Forefathers have to be looking down on us all with disgust and shame. When did you all become so corrupt? When did we become so lazy? When did any of us think any of it was ok?

  • Anonymous
    5 years ago

    A option not run by the insurance companies but by the federal goverment. We have to give pause to the insurance industry who are a business and are in business to make money. The insurance companies have raised rates to a point where we had to do some type of health care law. We sound off about this health care law and say its costs are to high. Where is the outrage towards the insurance companies who raise our rates every year to a point to where a business cannot offer this to an employee because of the cost. A government run option that is not affiliated with either party or has a equal amount of both Republicans and dems to set the rules. If the insurance companies have a better product then they will get the customer. Give Americans a base insurance option. No high end, cover everything, insurance just a decent insurance option. Even a 80/20 plan to keep cost down. Give me a better option and put a pause on the insurance companies raising prices to where they are out of reach.

  • Anonymous
    8 years ago

    The GOP consistently bash the illegal/undocumented and point out all the evils. Instead of blaming the immigrant who has come and faced all the perils and hardships crossing the borders, why can't the candidates come up with a real workable plan to deal with the ones who have been living here so many years and yes give them AMNESTY. They have worked harder, been abused more and have earned lower than the average American worker. You can not deport 11-12 million people and even if you could, the economy would suffer as they would have a huge negative impact on the economy with that many consumers out of the market and all the taxes that will stop flowing. The 77 million baby boomers retiring are now been supported by the $600 billion that has been collected from Social Security taxes paid by the undocumented plus don't forget all the unemployment that they have paid and also have not received any benefits. Securing the border is not the problem is EMPLOYMENT. IRS have issued over 15 million ITIN's, the federal government has documented all that are here illegally/undocumented as they also file taxes! GOP get off the border issue and find a real true solution!

    Source(s): 15 million Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) has being issued(IRS),"To illegal immigrants, taxes are a gamble" Everett Herald 04-12-08, US State Department's Official Visa Bulletin, US Census,
  • 5 years ago

    The insurance companies have raised rates to a point where we had to do some type of health care law. We sound off about this health care law and say its costs are to high. Where is the outrage towards the insurance companies who raise our rates every year to a point to where a business cannot offer this to an employee because of the cost. A government run option that is not affiliated with either party or has a equal amount of both Republicans and dems to set the rules. If the insurance companies have a better product then they will get the customer. Give Americans a base insurance option. No high end, cover everything, insurance just a decent insurance option. Even a 80/20 plan to keep cost down. Give me a better option and put a pause on the insurance companies raising prices to where they are out of reach.

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