Should all Americans have a right to basic healthcare?
Why healthcare is an issue
Healthcare is an issue because there are an estimated 47 million American citizens who do not have health insurance. This includes 8 million children. The United States has the most expensive healthcare system in the world, yet so many cannot afford it.
The viewpoints of each candidate:
Barrack Obama's viewpoint.
"...I think it [health care] should be a right for every American. In a country as wealthy as ours, for us to have people who are going bankrupt because they can't pay their medical bills -- for my mother to die of cancer at the age of 53 and have to spend the last months of her life in the hospital room arguing with insurance companies because they're saying that this may be a pre-existing condition and they don't have to pay her treatment, there's something fundamentally wrong about that."-Barrack Obama
Mitt Romney's viewpoint.
What we did in our state was this. We said, look, we're finding people that can afford insurance, health insurance, that are going to the hospital and getting the state to pay for them. Taxpayers are picking up hundreds of millions of dollars of costs from people who are free riders. We said, you know what? We'going to insist that those people who can afford to pay for themselves do so. We believe in personal responsibility. And if the people aren't willing to do that, then they're going to help the government pay for them. That was our conclusion.”- Mitt Romney