The people speak — to Hillary

There’s a wonderful social experiment happening online right now. Over at Yahoo! Answers, Sen. Hillary Clinton posted the following question yesterday: Based on your own family’s experience, what do you think we should do to improve health care in America?

So far, it’s drawn almost 34,000 responses. From looking at a small sample, cost seems to be the No. 1 issue, not surprisingly. (I’m including complaints and suggestions related to pharma profits and ER abuse in this category.) Access to care also is a popular topic. I’ve seen one person suggest that the country needs more preventive care and another one mention frivolous malpractice lawsuits, but I haven’t seen anything yet about the quality of care. That’s not to say it’s not there, just that I don’t feel like reading 34,000 postings tonight.

Yahoo! will be accepting answers for 11 more days. Check it out for yourself here and let me know your thoughts.