Health care is one of the most important issues concerning Americans this election season. More than 45 million Americans do not have health insurance–a reality that has dire consequences for both individuals and the economy.
Policymakers across the political spectrum agree that we need to make health care more affordable and more accessible to all Americans. But when it comes down to the issues–should reform come from the federal government, or states? how should we construct tax credits? what about high-risk pools?–differences emerge.
To help you better understand some of the key concepts factoring into the health reform debate, the Center for American Progress’ health policy experts have compiled a series of issue briefs covering issues ranging from consumer-driven health plans to socialized medicine.
• The Great State vs. Federal Health Care Reform Debate
• Credit Check: Tax Policy’s Role in Health Reform
• Consumer-Driven Health Plans May Preempt, Not Promote, Prevention
• The Specter of Socialized Medicine
• The Jury’s Still Out: A Critical Look at Malpractice Reform
• The Price Isn’t Right: The Facts on Affordable Health Care
• High-Risk Insurance Pools: A Flawed Model for Reform