This is a broad overview of the state of American healthcare that is perfectly accessible to someone like myself that doesn’t have much background in the area.
Daschle starts off by rattling off statistic after tragedy after heartbreaking story of how American healthcare is unreliable, not comprehensive, and hugely over priced. He really drives home how many people are left out, and how “the best health care in the world” only applies to the richest among us and even middle class Americans are at risk of being stuck with fairly awful coverage.
He moves on to describe efforts to reform the healthcare system stretching back almost a century, focusing the most attention on the Clinton administration’s attempt in the 1990’s. He details what went wrong with these efforts and why they failed.
Finally, he lays out a possible solution to the problem. He suggests expanding the FEHBP (Federal Employees Health Benefits Program) to allow non-governmental employers and individuals to participate, as well as installing the healthcare equivalent of the Federal Reserve Board to oversee it.
(Side note: I am told by DC INSIDERS that this is Daschle’s bid for HHS secretary, as he is apparently BFFs with Obama.)
If you have any interest at all in American healthcare, this is a great, quick overview.