This past week held the first presidential debate between President Obama and hopeful Mitt Romney. While the debate centered on domestic policy, each candidate at points spoke of the role that domestic issues have on U.S. global competitiveness, citing the US economy and unemployment as examples. I believe that healthcare has an equal standing in this regards; a clear case can be made that our healthcare problems have a direct impact on US foreign policy. This might be one of the few areas in the healthcare debate that both Mitt Romney and Barack Obama can agree.
Few disagree that certain domestic challenges have a direct and significant impact on US foreign policy. Correspondingly, these domestic challenges limit what we can do outside of our borders. Many people may cite issues like trade, education, and energy. Healthcare should not be exempt from this conversation. The current problems we are experiencing in healthcare (lack of access, poor quality, spiraling