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Health Care Reform

Links to reliable online resources about health care issues.

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Federal Health Care Reform Proposals

The President's Proposal February 22, 2010.

Side-by-Side Comparison of Major Health Care Reform Proposals published by the Kaiser Family Foundation.

Hot Legislation published by Rand Compare.

League of Women Voters Publications

Nonpartisan Health Care Reports

Aiming Higher: Results from a State Scorecard on Health System Performance, 2009 published by The Commonwealth Fund, October 8, 2009. Where you live matters.

2009 Kaiser/HRET Employer Health Benefits Survey: The 2009 benchmark Kaiser/HRET Employer Benefits Survey finds premiums rose 5 percent this year at a time when overall prices fell 0.7 percent. Over 10 years, premiums jumped 131 percent, more than three times worker wages and four times inflation.

Back to Basics: Ten Steps to Save 85,000 Lives and $35 Billion a Year in Health Care Delivery, Public Citizen, August 2009.

Medical benefit ratios of private insurers, public Medicare plan, 1993 to 2007. Sources: PricewaterhouseCoopers' Health Research Institute, U.S. Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

Oklahomans without Health Insurance compiled by Families USA.

Investigative Reports on Health Care

THE COST CONUNDRUM: What a Texas town can teach us about health care. by Atul Gawande, THE NEW YORKER, June 1, 2009.

Spend More, Get Less? The Health Care 'Conundrum' (link to audio online), an interview with Dr. Atul Gawande on NPR's Fresh Air.

A Conversation with Dr. Atul Gawande (link to video online) on the Charlie Rose Show 1/5/10. Dr. Gawande talks about what needs to happen within communities and the medical profession to reduce costs and improve the quality of health care.

FRONTLINE: Sick Around the World (link to video online) presented by veteran journalist and documentary film correspondent, T. R. Reid. What might the U.S. learn from the health care systems of five other democracies? The program aired on PBS April 15, 2008.

PBS Special Report: Healthcare Reform: (link to video online) 90 minutes. The film is a collaborative effort among three PBS programs: Now on PBS, Travis Smiley, and Nightly Business Report and aired on September 24, 2009.

Critical Condition: (link to video online) "The film CRITICAL CONDITION puts a human face on how three families face illness without health coverage. There are 47 million Americans without health insurance. But who are they? The great battle being waged over whether health insurance coverage should be mandatory for Americans has led to fallacies about who is uninsured and underinsured." The film aired on PBS August 21, 2009 on Bill Moyers Journal.

Money-Driven Medicine: (link to video online) "The film MONEY-DRIVEN MEDICINE reveals how a profit-hungry medical-industrial complex has turned health care into a system that squanders millions of dollars on unnecessary tests, unproven and sometimes unwanted procedures and overpriced prescription drugs. Oscar-winning filmmaker Alex Gibney has teamed up with producers Peter Bull, Chris Matonti, and director Andy Fredericks to produce a film based on Maggie Mahar's powerful book MONEY-DRIVEN MEDICINE." The film aired on PBS August 28, 2009 on Bill Moyers Journal.
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