POLITICS: More on the Presidential plan comparison

Long time THCB friend Steve Beller tells me this:

We’ve created a Comparative Analysis of Presidential Health Care Plans, which analyzes much of the details of Susan Blumenthal’s and Kaisers’ work in order to identify top candidates based on voters’ wants and needs. We’ve taken a unique approach in which the complex details are distilled into categories of strategies that simplify comparisons between the candidates, and we’ve included comments on the key factors (with several quotes from Maggie Mahar’s blog and input from Barry Carol). It then groups the candidates on whether they propose universal healthcare, and it  ranks them by the amount of attention they give to quality improvement and cost control. Then it matches the candidates to 18 types of consumers, which take into account their current insurance and health situation, their income level, and their support of good care for all.

Here’s the link.

Take a look and feel free of course to give your comments to Steve over on his blog or here.

Meanwhile as major bloggers are dropping like flies from the stress, (get soon well Om!), I feel good about the fact that I took the weekend off to go snow-boarding in some of the best powder the Sierras has seen in a while. And that’ll be all from me today!

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Steve Beller, PhD

I agree with Peter’s assessment … sadly. The Republican proposals seem more focused on minimizing taxes than assuring everyone is covered. Nor are they very commited to improving the quality of care. Instead of supporting universal care, they focus on HSAs, tax credits for individuals, giving states more flexibility, avoiding mandates, and on using market forces (e.g., increased competition) to control costs. In essence, they don’t seem to want significant change. The Democrats are mostly in the opposite direction. In trying to figure out why this might be, I realized that one’s income could be factor. Those with higher incomes… Read more »


My review of the charts shows that Repuglicans won’t do much about healthcare – except maybe to keep ingratiating their wealthy supporters. But will Deomocrats do more than just talk if they get the Whitehouse and Senate in 09. Unless there is a monumental shift in campaign finance reform and lobbying don’t count on much from either party. Hillary’s not taking those healthcare industry contributions for nothing. “It’s a matter of thinking about the nation collectively rather than individually.” Maggie, I’ve yet to find this attribute in most Americans, at least those that vote. If it’s not in our political… Read more »

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Maggie Mahar

The charts are very interesting–if a little complicated. And thank you for linking to some of my posts. But I’m little concerned about how they your charts seem to break U.S. Society down into classes, assuming that each class thinks only in terms of what it needs. For example, unless I’m missing something, you seem to be assuming that if I’m very wealthly, I’m less likely to be concerned about cost control, more concerned about tax breaks and may or may not be concerned about whether everyone receives good care. But in fact, we don’t just live in an economy;… Read more »