Terry Paulson

* With an Investors Business Daily poll indicating that 45% of doctors would consider leaving their practice or retiring early if your plan passes, where will the additional nurses or doctors come from to avoid adding to the wait or declining treatment?

* How will private insurance companies survive when they must accept all who apply no matter what their condition and face governmental price controls on what they can charge?

* What fail-proof method to verify citizenship will be required by any plan that receives government subsidies?

* If politicians and federal workers aren't forced to use "our" plan, will you let the rest of us use theirs?

* With healthcare in "crisis," will your plan start before your next election so that you can be held accountable for the results?

* If you expect to pay for the new plan by cutting waste, why not start with those cuts and work to support a bipartisan plan that could be passed around core principles Americans support before you add another expensive entitlement program we can't afford?

* After rushing through a stimulus bill to "save" our economy from crisis, why has your administration been so slow in putting those funds to work?

* With Mexico's President Felipe Calderon proposing to dismantle some government agencies to cut costs, what government departments or agencies would you suggest we eliminate in the face of our escalating deficit?

* Finally, since Congress wants to censure Rep. Wilson for calling you a liar, don't you think it's appropriate to censure Senator Charlie Rangel for tax evasion that would have sent any other American to jail?

The majority of Americans taking to the streets are not extremists. They are frustrated and fearful that they're not being heard and that their questions aren't being answered.

When politicians in Washington vow to pass a transformational change that will impact 1/6th of our economy and could adversely affect our healthcare and federal deficit for years to come, we need more penetrating questions, some specific answers and very vigilant voters. What questions do you want answered?

Terry Paulson

Terry Paulson, PhD is a psychologist, award-winning professional speaker, author of The Optimism Advantage: 50 Simple Truths to Transform Your Attitudes and Actions into Results, and long-time columnist for the Ventura County Star.

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