Jim Lehrer’s questions for Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama were standard issue from every other presidential debate. Martha Raddatz got much more pointed and specific. Tonight the audience gets involved in the 2012 presidential debates.
Healthcare will surely come up — make sure “death panels” and “ending Medicare as we know it” are on your drinking game list. Here’s hoping that the people at Hofstra University follow Raddatz’s example and get specific. I asked the MedCity News team what questions they would ask. I got a few ideas from Twitter as well. Thanks to Cameron Graham of CGConsultingNC for the first question.
Here is a list of questions that focus on the issues facing healthcare entrepreneurs and industry executives.
7 questions for both candidates:
- Can you explain how your healthcare reform plan will incentivize prevention?
- How will your plan to reform healthcare create more jobs?
- The OpenNotes project shows that improved communication between doctors and patients improves healthcare decisions and can save money. What will you do with funding or new laws to help entrepreneurs who are trying to make this communication easier?
- What do you think the government’s role in fostering innovation is, and what policies or programs would you keep, end or create?
- What health apps do you have on your phone and which ones do you use regularly?
- Is it the government’s responsibility to fight obesity?
- What structural changes are you willing to implement to preserve Medicare for generations to come?
2 questions for each candidate:
- Governor Romney: If you win, will you accept the healthcare provided by the government to the president of the United States?
- President Obama: How can you justify the medical device tax?
- President Obama: You’ve set aside billions of dollars for the adoption of electronic medical records. How are you ensuring that patients will actually see the benefit of EMRs?
- Governor Romney: You have changed your position on abortion several times. How will you resist the pressure from your party to keep this medical procedure available for cases of rape, incest and pregnancies that threaten a woman’s life?
What would you ask?