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Health Care Reform

The debate over health care reform in the United States is raging, stretching the envelope of acceptable political discourse. What are the pros and what are the cons? Find out what official sources, analysts, and proponents and opponents of health care reform have to say.

The New Health Care Law

 

Pittsburgh Region

 

In the News

 

Advocacy

Information from organizations advocating both for and against President Obama's health care reform proposals.

  • Healthcare.gov
    This is the official U.S. Government Web site managed by the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.
  • WhiteHouse.gov: Health Insurance Reform Reality Check
    The White House's site dedicated to the HR 3200. Find out some facts from the White House on the proposed health care reform bill.
  • America's Health Insurance Plans: Coverage
    This bi-partisan grassroots campaign from America's Health Insurance Plans (AHIP) supports policy proposals that would build on the current employer-based system of health care, provide help to working families and small businesses, and guarantee health care coverage for everyone. Their website includes polling data, reports from organizations such as AHIP and the RAND Corporation, and a blog that is updated daily with information about health care reform.
  • The American Medical Association: Affordable Care Act
    This collection of resources will help you navigate the ins and outs of the Affordable Care Act.
  • FactCheck.org: Seven Falsehoods About Health Care
    Seven falsehoods about the healthcare reform bill are debunked by Factcheck.org, a nonpartisan and nonprofit website dedicated to being a "consumer advocate for voters".
  • Prescription for Change
    Consumer Reports Health hosts this website calling for healthcare reform. The advocacy efforts of this site focus on stories from individuals and opinions on the latest reform proposals.
  • U.S. Chamber of Commerce Health Care Toolkit
    The U.S. Chamber of Commerce provides information on the proposed health care reforms and what the changes mean for businesses.
 

Health Care Around the World

 

Selected Books & DVDs

In the televised new on health care, there's little room for content. Get the information at the heart of the debate here!

 

Uncle Sam's shame : inside our broken Veterans Administration

Read the story of the former Veteran's Affairs physician experience in the broken VA system, what needs to be done to fix it, and why socialized medicine isn't the answer.

 

Does the United States need a national health insurance policy?

Read short essays on the major points of the issue, including the voices for market based plans, a national health insurance policy, and how to go about saving money.

 

Medicine : opposing viewpoints

Learn the arguments for and against reforming medical malpractice litigation and the potential impact of universal health care.

 

Overtreated : why too much medicine is making us sicker and poorer

Journalist Shannon Brownlee shows us how any attempt to rein in the high cost is called out as "rationing", why our care is hugely expensive and how we can cover the uninsured.

 

America's health care crisis solved : money-saving solutions, coverage for everyone

An in-depth look at Fair Care health financing and why Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) are one of the most effective devices for controlling health care spending.

 

Why our health matters : a vision of medicine that can transform our future

Natural health care guru Dr. Andrew Weil weighs in on the health care debate. He examines the current high cost of health care, and offers ideas for providing all Americans with affordable coverage.

 

The healing of America : a global quest for better, cheaper, and fairer health care

This book looks at healthcare systems in other countries, and asks why the United States is the only first world country without a system of universal health care. The author admits that universal healthcare systems are not without their problems, but ultimately calls for reform of the American system.

 

Healthcare, guaranteed : a simple, secure solution for America

The ever-rising price of healthcare is at the center of the healthcare reform debate. This book offers suggestions on how government can get involved, while still allowing for individual choice in care.

 
Sicko [videorecording]

Examines evident shortcomings in the American heath care system by which the needs of insured individuals are not being met, often ending in personal ruin.

 
Sick around the world [videorecording]

Frontlilne correspondent T.R. Reid examines first-hand the health care systems of other advanced capitalist democracies, United Kingdom, Germany, Switzerland, Japan, and Taiwan, to see what tried and tested ideas might help reform the United States' broken health care system.