How health reform lost popular support

About Andrew Van Dam

Andrew Van Dam of The Wall Street Journal previously worked at the AHCJ offices while earning his master’s degree at the Missouri School of Journalism.

Kaiser Health News staff writers, including Jordan Rau, Mary Agnes Carey, Julie Appleby and Phil Galewitz, teamed up to figure out why Americans are so disenchanted with health care reform. After talking to an analyst who admitted that politicians “can do everything right and still fail in health reform,” the reporters set out to figure out what, if anything, went wrong.

The reporters divided the administration’s missteps (and, to a lesser degree, those of lawmakers) into four categories: helping individuals understand how reform tangibly benefited them, threatening Medicare, proposing a number of confusing tax increases, and the lengthy and frustrated deal-making process that preceded the reform bills now under consideration.

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