Health Care: The Policy Choices–And Where To Look For Help

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Ron Brownstein lays out five big ones here.

Also, I am belated in linking to a terrific story that our Austin stringer Hilary Hylton did on some folks who are doing heroic work for cancer patients and their families–the American Cancer Society’s National Cancer Information Center. As I noted in my cover story this week, the center’s Health Insurance Assistance Service has gotten calls from more than more than 20,000 people since 2005. It now serves 36 states and the District of Columbia. Tragically, the center has been able to find adequate resources for only about one in six of the people who have called. But for most, it has been able to connect them with some assistance in their area.

The American Cancer Society was extraordinarily helpful to me in reporting my cover story, by giving me their perspective from the front lines. And with the Kaiser Family Foundation, they recently published a report called “Spending to Survive” that profiles 20 personal stories that have come in over their help line. You can read it and see the moving video here.