To get a feeling for what being sick in America is really like, and to help us understand the findings of our poll with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard School of Public Health, NPR did a call-out on Facebook. We asked people to share their experiences of the health care system, and within 24 hours, we were flooded with close to 1,000 responses.
Of all the forms of inequality, injustice in health care is the most shocking and inhumane
— Martin Luther King Jr.
Interested in health policy? To examine and understand the inadequacies of health care in America, T.R. Reid (a Washington Post foreign correspondent) takes a look at different health care systems around the world. His work is featured in this PBS Frontline Program, Sick Around the World, and also in his book, The Healing of America: A global quest for better, cheaper, and fairer health care.
The PBS program features segments from the different countries he visits, including interviews with citizens and medical practitioners, and is available in its entirety on the PBS Frontline website!
The Healing of America is a great read as well, explaining the many disparities between health care, quality, and access across the globe, leaving the reader with a much better understanding of approaches to health care which are not often explored or discussed in the American conversation about reform.
An article in the New York Times written by Adam Liptak about the possible ways in which the Supreme Court Hearing on the individual mandate portion of the Affordable Care Act will affect the presidential race. The dates of the hearing are set for March 26 - March 28.