Where to find the facts on health care reform

With so many false claims about the health care reform proposals floating around, we thought this would be a good time to offer links to the actual proposals, as well as links to some good fact checking and and a plain-English explanation of the proposed reforms.

H.R. 3200, America’s Affordable Health Choices Act of 2009 (PDF)

Affordable Health Choices Act from the Senate’s Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee

Summary of the House Tri-Committee proposal by the House Committees on Ways and Means, Energy and Commerce, and Education and Labor

Sen. Max Baucus’ Call to Action, which is not intended to be a legislative proposal. It is his vision
for policy and the process in the upcoming health care reform debate.

Sen. Ron Wyden’s Free Choice Proposal

H.R. 676, The United States National Health Care Act or “Expanded & Improved Medicare For All,” introduced by Rep.  John Conyers Jr.

Patients’ Choice Act, from senators Tom Coburn and Richard Burr and representatives Paul Ryan and Devin Nunes

Crossing Our Lines: Working Together to Reform the U.S. Health System, a proposal from former senators Howard Baker, Tom Daschle and Bob Dole

Fact checking the claims

Rand Corporation and the Kaiser Family Foundation both have online tools to let you compare the various health reform proposals.

Rand Corporation has links to key documents released by the White House, the Congress, federal agencies, and other stakeholders.

Health care reform: A simple explanation from Politifact’s Angie Drobnic Holan

Seven falsehoods about health care, from FactCheck.org

Covering Health: Parikh defends Emanuel of ‘death panel’ fame

Covering Health: More fact checking on health care reform

Covering Health: Making sense of health reform rumors

CNN’s Truth Squad looks at health care reform myths

See all Covering Health posts about health care reform.

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