It's August, time to read up on health-care reform.
With Congress on recess, Americans will be hearing more and more about proposals to increase access to health insurance, improve quality and control costs. You don't have to be clueless, though. You can study up, by checking out any and all of the following sources.
A Washington publication - OK, it's the venerable Washington Post - has put together a dandy graphic that outlines the various proposals taking shape in Congress. It not only reveals how many of the uninsured will be covered, but also the cost and impact on the federal deficit.
Then there's White House Web site posted at www.healthreform.gov. Figure they'd have one, right? It's President Obama's baby, this whole health-care overhaul movement.
For another authoritative source, check out the Kaiser Family Foundation offerings. These guys live and breathe this stuff. (Only get on their mailing list if you have hours of free time on your hands to plunge into the policy weeds.) On this issue, Kaiser offers its own side-by-side comparison of the reform proposals, an online chart book on each state's health care outlook, and a primer on covering the uninsured. Kaiser even has polling data to tell you what you think (but may know you think it, yet.)
So, there you go.
Better call out for pizza.