While the other candidates are holding town hall meetings, and the like, in Iowa and New Hampshire, I’ve decided on Northwest Ohio. (Call it a hunch) Last night I found myself in an impromptu round table discussion at McDonald’s with some 20 Methodist Church members from Leipsic, Ohio. One of the women was an ER nurse and said a lot of extraneous healthcare costs come from people on Medicaid, for instance, coming to the emergency room, often unnecessarily, for the slightest of physical ailments. She said she believes this, in part, is because it is free to them. Coupled with this, Atlanta Georgia’s ER doctor Jonathan Davis told us on a stop there that some 33% of ER visits, if not more, are unnecessary as well (Medicaid, or not). This, in part, is because we’ve become a society addicted to feeling good all the time. And we run for help at the least discomfort. And in tandem, we’ve become such a litigious society, doctors are afraid of advising someone not to come in. Note: Our administration wouldn’t be opposed to Medicaid, but we would mobilize a public awareness program to help people to learn more about healthcare issues that need a doctor, or not.