The national debate around healthcare has intensified in the 2012 elections. The issue is front and center in national, state and local political conversations. But amid the rhetoric, the soundbites, and the spin, many of the realities of healthcare and truths about reform are lost along the campaign trail. In response to these concerns, MedTech Media's leading healthcare publications, Healthcare IT News, Healthcare Finance News and Government Health IT, are deciphering the political doublespeak and asking the questions our readers find most pertinent – about politicians, healthcare policies and delivery system reform at the federal, state, and local levels.
The candidates' views on healthcare policy have come into play many times during the election. Healthcare Finance News asked readers if they think the government should have a dominant role in shaping the future of healthcare. Here's what they said.
Forty-two percent of respondents said the chaotic healthcare market needs government regulation, while 33 percent said a free market would improve healthcare on its own.
The date range of the survey was September 13, 2012 to October 4, 2012.
Healthcare Finance News polled its readers to see if they will take President Obama’s and Mitt Romney’s healthcare policy histories into account when voting. Here are the results.
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How similar are President Obama's and Republican nominee Mitt Romney's two versions of mandated health insurance coverage? Check out this infographic to see where the policies overlap and diverge.
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