There is a tremendous amount of debate about health care reform in the news, and there is an interest in more information about the issues. Libraries generally try to present information in a non-partisan fashion in keeping with principles 6 and 7 of the American Library Association Code of Ethics. However, the debate has become extremely political, and selected and presented information may imply a particular slant to some parties; the links included here are selected to help inform debate and are not intended to reflect a partisan bias.
This is the core federal government site dealing with the current efforts to reform health care.
Health Insurance Reform Reality Check
This White House site offers videos that address some common questions about health care reform.
THOMAS: H.R. 3200
The summary and status page for bill H.R. 3200, America’s Affordable Health Choices Act of 2009, one of the leading bills in Congress relating to health reform.
Congressional Budget Office (CBO)
The CBO produces projections on anticipated costs of bills and other initiatives. Projections for many health reform-related bills are gathered on the Health page and discussed on the director’s blog.
Congressional Research Service Reports
- Health Care Reform: An Introduction
- Private Health Insurance Provisions of H.R. 3200
- Employment-Based Health Coverage and Health Reform: Selected Legal Considerations
The Congressional Research Service summarizes issues for members of Congress. These reports are hosted by OpenCRS.
Congressional Committee Work
The health reform debate has been discussed in many congressional Committees. Here are some of the committees most active in the process:
- Senate Finance Committee
- Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
- Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship
- Senate Special Committee on Aging
- Joint Committee on Taxation
- Joint Economic Committee
OpenCongress: H.R. 3200
OpenCongress is a service that draws together the text of Congressional bills, news pieces on those bills, and public comments.
WHO Statistical Information System (WHOSIS)
The World Health Organization statistical system allows you to compare health issues and health care coverage in several countries, including government spending on health care, physician density, and mortality indicators.
Kaiser Family Foundation: Health Reform
This site compares health reform proposals, provides state-level health care data, and offers overviews of the health reform debate.
Are there other resources you have found useful in staying informed about health care reform?