Over the course of the Democratic primary election, few issues have been discussed as often or in as much detail as healthcare. By and large, the discussions center primarily on the question of coverage — that is, which payment model is best suited to provide Americans with affordable healthcare? Some candidates, like Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren, support eliminating private insurance altogether and replacing it with a single-payer, government-run program. Others, like Joe Biden and Amy Klobuchar, would like to improve the Affordable Care Act and create a public option as an alternative to, rather than a replacement for, private insurance.
Lost in these discussions, however, is perhaps the most important question of all: How can we prevent Americans from getting sick in the first place?