Over the past century, White House physicians have repeatedly deceived the public about the health of the President. In April 1944, Franklin D. Roosevelt struggled with congestive heart failure, yet his physician, Admiral Ross McIntire, told the press the President simply had the flu. President Kennedy’s medical team obscured the presence of his Addison’s disease.
Our broken health care system has been a campaign talking point for generations, and 2020 is no exception. But what do people think is broken? What does your average worker, parent, student, or small business owner want fixed? My organization, the Foundation for Government Accountability wanted to know the answer to these questions.
When you ask more than 10,000 Americans in focus groups and polling what they want fixed in health care, you get some interesting and unexpected answers. The answers varied, but two themes were overwhelmingly represented: Health care remains top of mind for many Americans and they want more affordable coverage options.
President Trump’s Actions On Health Care
To his credit, President Trump has focused on how to address these concerns despite the Senate’s failure to pass health care reform early in his term. Without legislation to make broader health care changes Americans need,