Not sure if we're talking about the same question GQ, but the question from the republican debate was posed as follows:
"A healthy, 30 year old, young man, has a good job, makes a good living but decides i'm not going to spend $200-$300 each month on health care because I'm healthy, I don't need it."
The difference being that it is implied that he made a reasoned decision to accept the calculated risk of death, though he could afford to have been covered.
To a great deal of the voting public (not always very educated), this would seem to imply he took a calculated risk and needs to deal with it.
I personally, don't believe this situation really exists to the extent they would have you believe. Anyone who can afford health insurance and fully understands the risks of not having it, would make sure they had it.
Even Alpha, admitted that his risk was a stupid one. In my opinion likely because he was not fully informed as a youth, or because of the pervasive belief that we are indestructible as youths. In either case it was not a well reasoned and calculated risk.
So while I agree with your stance on healthcare, I don't believe the question shows the true nature of the problem to the average voter. I do not believe there are thousands of people choosing not to purchase healthcare even when they can afford it. When you simplify the question, the response is often as simple and sometimes not well thought out.
Had the question been posed as you suggested in your post, I would agree that the question is simple. Also, if everyone believed as you do that the government should control healthcare, then again the answer would be simple however many do not.
I don't need questions that show the candidates understand and can articulate their own stances, I need questions that help the average voters understand the true meaning of what the candidate is saying. In my opinion, these simplified questions are exactly what stops people from understanding real life issues.
Columbusite777 saidI saw that story as well and in all honesty, it was such a badly worded and overly simplified question. It ignored so many factors and sub-questions such as a catastrophic event, job circumstances, monthly insurance costs, and so on.
The question was.......
A man who IS employed but has no health insurance ...... What should be done with him if he comes down with a catastrophic illness
Simple question .... Requiring a simple answer
EITHER ...... You let him succumb to his illness or you treat him
That's it ......
That question should be put to EVERY single candidate both republican and democrat because THERE lies our problem with healthcare in this country
Healthacre should NOT be sold on the open market..... My health or your health or someone who lives in the street should be no less important than someone who makes six or seven figures in this country