30 Issues in 30 Days: Healthcare!

Our new series "30 Issues in 30 Days" kicks off on Monday. The first topic, healthcare, is as hard to gain an overview of as a box full of nuts, bolts, screws, planks, and drawers that has been strewn across a room--and a good deal hearder to piece together than those all-pictures no-words Ikea assembly manuals.

Example A, from the John Kerry for President website's healthcare page:

"Adopt Disease Management and Care Coordination Programs to Improve Quality and Lower Costs. Innovative programs targeting patients with chronic conditions have illustrated that both the human and cost consequences of chronic diseases can be alleviated through hands-on medical management. Employers and their insurers must adopt model programs to receive the premium rebate."

Example B, from the Bush-Cheney '04 website's healthcare page:

Promote Affordable Health Care for Children - The President will launch a nationwide, billion dollar Cover the Kids campaign to sign up more children for quality health care coverage. The Cover the Kids campaign will combine the resources of the Federal Government, states, and community organizations, including faith-based organizations, with the goal of covering all SCHIP-eligible children within the next two years.

One great place to get some clarity is the Kaiser Family Foundation's analysis of the Bush and Kerry health plans.

Some questions to consider:

Give the failure of the Clinton proposal in the mid-1990s, who could get Republicans and Democrats to agree on a plan?

Would our current system benefit from more government intervention or a freer market?

How could our system of health insurance be simplified so that the average adult understands it?

What's on your mind when you think about healthcare? Tell us!