- The Five Biggest Lies in the Health Care Debate (from Newsweek). Some information to help debunk some of the flat-out untruths being spread by health insurance reform opponents.
- How American Health Care Killed My Father (from Atlantic Monthly). A high-level business executive takes a deep look at health care and comes up with thoughts and suggestions. There are some things I agree with and some I disagree with, but it's an interesting essay with lots to chew on.
- How to Think Constructively About Healthcare (from Harvard Business). Lots of charts that lead to a summary of some problems with the health care industry, along with some initial ideas for change (in the linked presentations). Interesting stuff, and actual numbers are always a welcome change from spouted rhetoric. (Yes, I hear Mark Twain tsk-tsking in the background about "lies, damned lies, and statistics").
- How Effective is American Healthcare? (from Harvard Business, follow-up to above article). The author makes up a new stat for measuring effectiveness of health care, and uses it to compare the US to other nations. Not as strong, but still a different way to take a shot and measuring the effectiveness of care (something that is tremendously difficult).
- 5 Myths About Health Care Around the World (from the Washington Post). A really nice article that compares the US health care system(s) to various health systems in other nations (both developmental peers and those we call "third-world")
Here's the money quote: "The United States is the only developed country that lets insurance companies profit from basic health coverage." Bingo. Nailed it!