Most readers of this blog understand the benefits and problems of the health care system status quo. And they can make an educated guess at how the various health care reform proposals will impact their world. Most voters (and much of the media, I might add), don’t have as informed a view on these issues.
Into this vacuum comes the Obama Administration with a state-by-state description of the current health care system in the jurisdiction and its view as to the benefits health care reform will deliver to the states’ residents.
Yes, the site is aimed at building support for health care reform. Still, it provides some interesting data and observations. For example, it warns that the “amount of uncompensated care provided will more than double in 45 states” by 2019 as the number of uninsured grows by at least 10 percent in every state and by more than 30 percent in 29 states.
It’s worth spending some time. You may disagree with some of what’s presented. And some of it is inaccurate — it claims, for instance, that health care reform would establish a high risk pool in California, but the state already has one. And it seems to imply that 100% of the individual market would buy through the exchange, something no one is claiming (that I’m aware of). So read it with a handful of salt. However, the reports do provide an interesting, more granular glimpse into health care in America than is usually available. And the more detailed look we all give to reform, the better.