If I were president, I would change...

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If I were president, I would change...
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Wed, 12-10-2003 - 6:59pm

What one thing (or two) would you want to base your presidential campaign on if you were running for president of the United States?

CL-Caroline_01

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Thu, 12-11-2003 - 9:53am
Oh, where to begin?!

In comparison to governments in many other countries, I think we have it pretty good. I do think, however, some definite reform is needed.

We definitely need to take a hard look at our healthcare system. All Americans should have access to quality healthcare, regardless of income.

And I think insurance companies need to be regulated. Health insurance, car insurance, you name it. They can charge whatever they want, and over the last couple of years, premiums have soared. Here in Arizona, we have a huge problem with uninsured/underinsured drivers. I don't think it's because people don't want to insure their vehicles, but more that they can't afford to. I moved here from Chicago with a completely clean driving record, and despite the fact that I upped my deductible as high as it would go and dropped all the "goodies" (rental reimbursement, etc), my insurance still doubled. And despite being with the same insurance company and keeping a clean record since moving here, it still continues to go up annually. Very frustrating!

I could go on and on about other things I think the government should change, but I'll leave it here for now;)

Jennifer

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Thu, 12-11-2003 - 12:27pm
Hi all!

If I where president, I would try to change the way the disabled are treated and I would try to help the homeless, among other things. It must be a very hard job.

Fan

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Mon, 12-15-2003 - 11:10am
I think I would put an emphasis on education in media and journalism education. Why..because there could be more of a broad opinion in this country of the usa on issues and topics. We are so stuck in yellow journalism that our population is focused on sensation and drama more than reality and intellegent commentary. On the moderate road I am sure you see enough intellegence and open commentary, and I admit I am a bit on the left hand side and would enjoy some more international flavor to events and forums. (As a side note, I am disabled and I agree about educating people more on respect to disabled people...as a person suffering from manic depression, I am still shocked at how many people seem to compare me to charactors like "jason" from halloween, or a "psyhokinetic carrie" figure from Steven Kings "Carrie").
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Mon, 12-15-2003 - 12:06pm
Shmina,

I know what you mean about the way people view you. I come from a family full of mental illness, including bi-polar. So many people know so little about bi-polar (or manic depression, as most people recognize it). My great-uncle and Grandpa both suffered from bi-polar, and my sister also has it. Some people's reactions when they find out are so over-the-top, like they expect her head to start spinning or something!

We live in Arizona, where the government has just in the last year categorized bi-polar as a disability. Is it considered a disability where you live?

Jennifer

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Tue, 12-16-2003 - 7:33am
If I was president I would make rich people pay more taxes and get rid of daylight savings time. Iri
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Tue, 12-16-2003 - 8:16am
I would have to agree with the majority here on better health care, especially for the elderly. And better prescription plans. Better paying jobs would be nice too. =)
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Wed, 12-17-2003 - 8:35am
I would change the way we police the world and take care of our own problems. By doing so, I'd hope to lower our debt to other nations and be able to help fund special in-house programs dealing with education.
*Rebecca*

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Wed, 12-17-2003 - 11:33am
Hi, Jennifer...I was happy someone else shared their experience with me. I am living in California where Manic depression has been a disability. I am recieving ssi for the time being, but the draw back is its not considered permenant yet. They believe it is a passing illness and periodic reviews and check ups are required in order to continue disibility. I am holding my thumbs that the day will come when people realize that menatl illness is a life long problem. Once someone's mind begins to break down , that's pretty much the end of normal living. People may argue that there have been cases of depression that left periodically or totally got cured after a few years. I think you are right that the public should be educated about other mental illnessess. Straight depression seems to be the only thing people hear about since they started advertising paxil and prozac in the media. MOst people still have hang ups about things like manic depression and schizophrenics because of media's lack of a broader opinion.