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Health Care Reform Link Compendium
Posted By novenator - Sunday, August 30th, 2009 at 3:11 PM
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The health care reform debate has taken a turn for the surreal in the last couple weeks, where Republican and health insurance giants are spreading misinformation and propaganda that seems to be getting some traction in the main stream media and worse yet, in the mindset of the American public.  As a regular debater on Digg and Twitter, it is almost like a full time job trying to debunk all of these.  The fortunate side to this is that in the meantime, I have compiled a massive set of links that respond to many individual points brought up by those who favor the status quo.

That our country needs to reform its health care system is beyond a doubt in my mind.  Costs are spiraling out of control, record numbers of people are losing basic coverage, this is the #1 reason behind bankruptcies and home foreclosures, and frankly, we deserve better. 

The health care systems in other Western nations, especially in the Scandinavian countries are great examples of how good health care systems can be.  We need to take the best of what works from those systems and apply it in America. 

People will be calling their congress people and then getting online to help push a solution that has real reform before the summer recess.  With the GOP continuing to spread lies and the insurance corporations spending $1.4 million per day on lobbyists and slick advertising full of misinformation, there is a definite urgency to real health care reform. 

*Also please refer to this invaluable resource: Guide to Debunking Healthcare Reform Myths http://tr.im/ublE or http://healthcarereformmyths.org/HealthcareReformMyths.php



Obama calls for Real reform http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/Weekly-Address-President-Obama-Calls-for-Real-Health-Care-Reform/

Health care reform explained by the president http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/Full-Video-A-National-Discussion-on-Health-Care-Reform/

*District by District Impact - HR 3200 America's Affordable Health Choices Act of 2009 http://energycommerce.house.gov/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=1717:hr-3200-americas-affordable-health-choices-act-of-2009-markup-district-by-district&catid=156:reports&Itemid=55#toc10

The scientific arguments for US healthcare reform http://tr.im/u2Bs

Single payer can cut 31% of the total costs overnight by eliminating administrative overhead http://www.johnconyers.com/hr676faq

Nationalized Health Care Would be Good FOR THE INSURED http://forecastingrain.blogspot.com/2009/03/why-nationalized-health-care-would-be.html

*Who is uninsured, why is it increasing, why is it bad, how it costs more money http://www.nchc.org/facts/coverage.shtml

Dramatic Increase in the Uninsured Rate in Every State http://www.americanprogress.org/issues/2009/05/uninsured_increase_map.html

Study: 86.7 million Americans uninsured over last two years http://www.cnn.com/2009/HEALTH/03/04/uninsured.epidemic.obama/

*health-care premiums shot up more than 90 percent between 2000 and 2007, while the profits of the 10 largest insurers increased 428 percent over the same period http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/07/24/AR2009072401876.html

Krugman: runaway health care costs http://krugman.blogs.nytimes.com/2008/03/28/runaway-health-care-costs-were-1/

Medical Bills Behind Most Bankruptcies http://blog.aflcio.org/2009/06/05/study-medical-bills-behind-most-bankruptcies/

Inequality in spending by income http://ucatlas.ucsc.edu/spend.php

Higher Rates of Disease in non whites http://www.healthreform.gov/reports/healthdisparities/index.html

Health insurance companies spending over $1.4 million PER DAY on lobbyists http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/07/05/AR2009070502770.html

Research Firm Cited by GOP Is Owned by Health Insurer http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/07/22/AR2009072202216.html

GOP cites research from UnitedHealth Group  http://www.dailykos.com/storyonly/2009/7/23/756777/-GOPers-cite-nonpartisan-research-from-UnitedHealth-Group-subsidiary

Secret Right-Wing Strategy on Health Care—Exposed http://www.ourfuture.org/blog-entry/2009051907/secret-right-wing-strategy-health-care-exposed

Crazy Wingnut Healthcare Attacks Exposed http://www.huffingtonpost.com/bob-cesca/crazy-wingnut-healthcare_b_243075.html
Insurance corporations begin their propaganda war http://healthcare.change.org/blog/view/private_insurance_begins_its_propaganda_war

*Guide to Debunking Healthcare Reform Myths http://tr.im/ublE or http://healthcarereformmyths.org/HealthcareReformMyths.php

New CBO study: Public health care option won't dominate system or wipe out competition http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2009/07/27/new-cbo-study-public-health-care-option-wont-dominate-system/

New HELP Bill Costs $600 Billion, Covers 97%,  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/07/01/tnr-full-help-bill-covers_n_224509.html

Fact check on Obama's health care reform statements http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/Story?id=7922187&page=1

Insurance corporations have been merging and removing competition since Bush took office http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/07/24/AR2009072401876.html

*94 percent of statewide insurance markets are highly concentrated http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/07/24/AR2009072401876.html

In the past 13 years, there have been more than 400 corporate mergers involving health insurers http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/07/24/AR2009072401876.html

Interactive Map: Insurance Market Domination Leads to Fewer Choices http://www.americanprogress.org/issues/2009/06/health_competition_map.html

UnitedHealthCare © Profits Double http://ducknetweb.blogspot.com/2009/07/unitedhealthcare-profits-doubled.html

Report finds insurance wrongfully charged consumers http://digg.com/health/Senate_Report_Finds_Insurers_Wrongfully_Charged_Consumers_Bi

Health Insurance Industry focus on profits, not health http://www.dailykos.com/storyonly/2009/6/7/739718/-THE-FACTS-ABOUT-THE-HEALTH-INSURANCE-INDUSTRY

Members of five committees working on health care reform legislation received $187.1 million in campaign contributions over their career from health and insurance interests http://www.campaignmoney.org/threevotes

Elected officials who voted against health reform legislation received 65% more in contributions from insurance corporations than officials who voted for reform http://www.campaignmoney.org/threevotes

Health reform legislation is bottled up in two committees whose members have received nearly $100 million in campaign contributions from vested industries http://www.campaignmoney.org/threevotes

WHO TO CALL: a list of votes for the Public Option with names, emails, phone numbers, and party afiliation http://standwithdrdean.com/where_congress_stands?page=2

Phone numbers for senators http://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm

Contact your Representative http://tinyurl.com/nj45r and Senator http://tinyurl.com/b1lm

Tweet your members of congress http://bit.ly/vIe0J

Health Care Reform Series: The Taiwan health care system http://www.examiner.com/x-6665-Liberal-Examiner~y2009m7d23-Health-Care-Reform-Series-The-health-care-system-of-Taiwan

Health Care Reform Series: The British health care system http://www.examiner.com/x-6665-Liberal-Examiner~y2009m7d22-Health-Care-Reform-Series-The-British-health-care-system

Health Care Reform Series: The Canadian health care system http://www.examiner.com/x-6665-Liberal-Examiner~y2009m7d20-Health-Care-Reform-Series-The-Canadian-health-care-system

Debunking Canadian Health Care Myths http://www.commondreams.org/view/2009/06/07-0

Patients in Universal Healthcare Countries More Satisfied http://scienceblogs.com/denialism/2009/05/are_patients_in_universal_heal.php

Health care spending vs life expectancy http://ucatlas.ucsc.edu/health/spend/cost_longlife75.gif

WHO ranking of world's health systems (US is 37th) http://www.photius.com/rankings/healthranks.html

Healthcare spending in rich countries http://www.economist.com/daily/news/displaystory.cfm?story_id=13932149

Graphs: US health stats vs other countries.  PBS- Frontline http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/sickaroundtheworld/etc/graphs.html

National Health Expenditures per Capita, 1990-2007 http://facts.kff.org/chart.aspx?ch=203

health care in US data speak volumes http://keysnews.com/node/14359

Health Care: Which Chart Scares You More? http://swampland.blogs.time.com/2009/07/16/health-care-which-chart-scares-you-more/

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