June 18, 2016
Wausau Daily Herald, Marsh eld News-Herald, Wisconsin Rapids Daily Tribune and Stevens Point Journal
By: Steve Elliott, Dian Palmer, Bran- don Scholz and Arthur Taggart
There are a number of important issues percolating in our political debates — terrorism, job creation, the Supreme Court, to name a few — but we are concerned that health care hasn’t been as prominent as it should be on that list. In the months before Election Day, we need and deserve a comprehensive health care debate in this country, one that tells us where the candidates for Congress and the presidency stand on ensuring our long-term health and well-being.
Of course, some will say we already had that debate over the Afordable Care Act. This is different. Te debate we need is not strictly about our health insurance system, but rather the broader and more personal issue of how we stay healthy and free of disease. In Wisconsin today, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than half of our citizens have at least one chronic illness like heart disease, cancer or diabetes. Thousands of our friends, neighbors and family members have more than one of these serious health conditions. And this problem is projected to get much worse. Research shows, for example, that one of every three citizens in our states will have hypertension by the year 2025 and nearly 10 percent will be diabetic.
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