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How will you fight the rise of chronic illness?

March 23, 2016 
The Gazette 
By: Jim Henter
Many political analysts are describing this year’s election as a crossroads moment. You can make a case that this is true on a number of issues, from the Supreme Court to foreign policy to the environment. It’s important that we make certain health care is on that list. There is no question that the decisions we make in November are going to be critical to our health and well-being, and not necessarily for the reasons you might think.
In other words, I’m not focusing on the Affordable Care Act, not entirely anyway. The biggest health care issue confronting candidates this fall isn’t whether or not to repeal Obamacare. Actually, it’s how we’re going to confront the rise of chronic illnesses in this country — think diabetes, cancer, heart disease — that poses tremendous threats to our society and our economy. It will be outrageous negligence if we don’t get the candidates on record as to how they will address issues of population health.
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