President Obama and former Governor Romney had a very heated debate last night in Denver. Many topics were covered, including economy, tax codes, and government regulation. However, perhaps the most heated and important topic discussed was about the health care reform and the future of health care. President Obama of course backed up his plan that he put in place over two years ago. He sited many benefits of the reform, such as no pre-existing condition clause and no lifetime maximum. Mitt Romney actually passed a similar plan on the state level. When he was governor, he passed a reform similar to what Obama passed on the federal level. The main topic that was debated though was about state versus federal regulation when it comes to health care.
Mitt Romney wants states to take control and have the freedom to implement strategies and reform as they see fit for their state. President Obama thinks that the federal government should have the ultimate control. The both went back and forth, talking about control and power. Also, health care costs was also at the forefront. Romney maintains the position that the reform passed by Obama will make health insurance premiums rise and make it even more unaffordable for Americans to purchase health insurance. President Obama wants the health insurance exchanges to be a foundation for competition, which he thinks will ultimately drive down the price of health insurance. There are two more debates left before the election. Many issues, including health care reform, wait in the balance.