Monday, June 1, 2009

5 Months Until Health Reform?

I took a quick look today at Kaiser Health News (KHN), the new nonprofit news organization devoted to health care policy and politics.  They just rolled out today, June 1st, 2009.  I added a quick link in my bookmarks also.  KHN will be a great, high-quality resource for stories on things like health reform, health care costs, insurance, aging, health IT, and quality and delivery of care issues.  I urge you to take a look.

Regarding the title of this post, "5 Months Until Health Reform?," an interview was done with White House health care czar, Nancy-Ann DeParle and she estimates that Obama will have a health reform bill on his desk by Thanksgiving.   DaPerle is asked about her thoughts on financing, and the answere appear unclear, although she does state her opinion that health reform will not be funded primarily with taxes and that a scaled back version of health reform (e.g. scaling uninsured number to half) is not an option right now.  Full reform is the focus.  Also see the KHN article, "Big, Small or Nothing At All? Three Scenarios For Health Reform."  

What are your thoughts on health reform?  What about Kaiser's new health news, KHN?

You can view the press releases for KHN here:  11-19-2008 and today's roll-out 6-1-2009.