While I never expected long-term care to be a serious part of discussion within the three presidential debates, the wonky part of my heart still jumped for joy when moderator Chris Wallace asked about entitlement programs during the last debate Wednesday night.
Paul Ryan's big, sad eyes were mesmerizing, I'll admit, but were nothing compared with Joe Biden's teeth. They were gleaming, Clorox white. Whiter than the White Cliffs of Dover, my Canadian arctic homeland or a pile of bones in the desert. A little-noticed poll reports that three out of four dentists would vote for Joe's teeth. The fourth wants to see his floss certificate.
With Medicare, Medicaid and other healthcare issues playing more prominently in presidential campaigning this year compared to past election cycles, Tuesday's debate between President Obama and Mitt Romney could bring more fireworks on provider-related subjects. Fresh off hot verbal sparring between their running mates Thursday night, the men at the top of their respective tickets can expect to field numerous healthcare-related questions next Tuesday. The format will feature questions posed by audience members, who have identified themselves as undecided voters, at Hofstra University in Hempstead, NY.
If you're wondering what Wednesday night's presidential debate means for long-term care, you have plenty of company.