Here’s a handy comparison of health-reform proposals

As the U.S. House and Senate work on health-care reform before adjourning for an August recess, are you having trouble keeping track of the various proposals?

The Kaiser Family Foundation has compiled a helpful 42-page side-by-side comparison [pdf] of the Senate Finance Committee’s policy options, the Senate HELP Committee’s Affordable Health Choices Act, the House Tri-Committee Affordable Health Choices Act of 2009 and President Obama’s Principles for Health Reform.

Those Senate and House proposals require an individual mandate.

If you keep scrolling to page 22, you’ll see a comparison of bills introduced early this year for the Patients’ Choice Act of 2009, the U.S. National Health Care Act and the U.S. National Health Insurance Act. Further down are proposals for the American Health Security Act, the AmeriCare Health Care Act, the Healthy Americans Act, and “Crossing Our Lines: Working Together to Reform the U.S. Health System,” from former Senate majority leaders Howard Baker, Tom Daschle and Bob Dole.

The compilation was last updated July 24.

Comments (1)

  1. Submitted by Bernice Vetsch on 07/29/2009 - 01:31 pm.

    The Kaiser report is more than three times as long as John Conyers’ 13-page bill (HR 676) for single payer universal care. Interesting.

    Plans on offer in the current congress run about 1,000 pages long and cost much, much more than we are currently spending for health care as a nation. Without achieving universality.

    Enacting Conyers’ 13-page plan (a Medicare for All proposal) would save us $400 billion per year while leaving no one out. The insurance industry would have to shrink to near-invisibility, but that shrinkage would take place over 10 years with many/most of its job losses being through attrition.

    I do not believe, however, that either Congressial negotiators or the president have read the Conyers’ plan, since they all seem to think the insurance industry would disappear overnight. (We should be so lucky.)

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