Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Trying to get through the nonsense - tool for comparing health care reform proposals

Although this is my personal blog, I try to avoid politics in general as I want to use this as a tool for building community in the HPS world, and not division. Even so, I feel myself working up to a post on the health care debate. I can't seem to even watch the news without steam coming out of my ears.

I'm not even mad over opinions different than mine, or the debate etc. I'm mad at all the people and the interest groups on both sides who are getting in the way of the debate with misinformation campaigns, and manipulative campaiign techniques.

Look - if things were so rosy this wouldn't be an issue to start with.

I, for one, want to hear the actual proposals. I want to hear the actual debate - pros and cons. I want a national dialog. We have the opportunity to not just copy the Europeans or the Canadians, but to create something new if we could quit tripping over ourselves.

In that spirit, I found this tool. I thought I'd share - it isn't perfect, but I'm trying to actually read the reforms and not just rely on the spinners to tell me what they say.

This tool sort of allows you to compare plans side by side - although even that isn't easy and still I have many unanswered questions.

http://www.kff.org/healthreform/sidebyside.cfm

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