Healthcare is the “number 1 issue” for voters in the midterm elections. But what issue of healthcare

As Robert Pearl MD explains in Forbes, “All of these healthcare issues come down to one thing: money.” Half of U.S. adults say that one large medical bill would force them to borrow money. And 62% of personal bankruptcy filings today are due to medical bills. Healthcare is the poster child for “cost disease” in the service industry. Our politicians are not up to the task today to make the hard choices and see a path to a solution. And consumers have unrealistic expectations about total coverage at minimal out-of-pocket expense. Dr. Pearl does not mention the role of innovation. The answer may come more readily from entrepreneurs who take the risks to pursue new visions that fundamentally change who delivers care and how care is delivered. But will state and federal governments allow the experimentation (and frequent failures) of innovation to proceed in order to achieve long-term solutions? - Sanders DiPiero

Polls and anecdotal experience point to high concern about unplanned expensive healthcare events as the main driver of voter anxiety.

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