Friday, May 9, 2008

Forming Your Own Opinion on Health Care

Posted By on Fri, May 9, 2008 at 4:02 PM

If you’re interested in the present state of health care — more and more Americans are concerned with the current state of affairs  — the Kaiser Family Foundation Web site is a solid point of reference. The foundation is a non-profit, private operation that focuses a health care issues facing the U.S. KFF isn’t a cheerleader, nor is it interested in merely positing opinions. Instead, as their mission statement points out, “Our product is information, always provided free of charge – from the most sophisticated policy research, to basic facts and numbers, to information young people can use to improve their health or elderly people can use to understand their Medicare benefits.”

That’s what voters need in this upcoming presidential election: well-researched info that takes a macro and micro view on the subject of healthcare.

Speaking of politics, as the country inches closer and closer to only two candidates, and a number of upcoming congressional elections, the question will become: will health care coverage and costs remain a concern and will newly elected officials do anything about it?  Drew Altman, president and CEO of KFF, doesn’t necessarily answer that question in his “Pulling It Together” section but he does illuminate the issues and provides the potential scenarios for health care reform, or the lack thereof.

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