Health Care

The national debate over the future of health security is complex and confusing to many Americans. There is little doubt that the country is in the midst of a crisis as more than 100 million Americans find themselves without adequate health care.

Advocates on multiple sides of the debate inundate voters with various plans, statistics, prescriptions, and political sloganeering, yet confusion reins.

To solve that confusion one must have an understanding of the mental models of health care and grasp how different communities understand the issue. These materials will help you to better understand the logic of the health care debate and the vital role those mental models play in formulating an effective progressive agenda.

How to think about Health Care

Don’t Think of a Sick Child: The Logic of the Health Care Debate provides an excellent overview of debate over reform.  It was written by George Lakoff, Glenn W. Smith, Eric Haas, and Scott Parkinson at the Rockridge Institute.

Blog Articles

Is Health Care Like a Food Processor? (September 23, 2009)

Broken Health Care: What It Really Costs Us (June 24, 2009)

Thinking Collectively About Health Care (Discussion of values in health care by Maggie Mahar, October 5, 2009)

A Rose By Any Other Name (Discussion of health care as consumer transaction by Anat Shenker, October 1, 2009)

How Universal Health Care Changes Everything (October 28, 2008)

Mythbusting Canadian Health Care, Part 2: Debunking the Free Marketeers (February 11, 2008)

Mythbusting Canadian Health Care — Part 1 (February 4, 2008)

We Owe Our Veterans Health Care (October 31, 2007)

The Importance of Mental Health (October 19, 2007)

Where’s the Healthy Debate, CNN? (November 29, 2007)

Health Care Bargains for Everyone on Your List (November 21, 2007)

The Meaning of Socialized Medicine (September 18, 2007)

Advocacy Training and Policy Analysis

The Moral Language of Health Care Reform (August 24, 2009)

The Policyspeak Disaster for Health Care (August 20, 2009) A critique of Obama’s insurance reform frame

Don’t Think of a Sick Child (October 22, 2007)

Who’s Afraid of Sick Kids? (October 10, 2007)

An Essay on the Blackwatering of Health Care (November 7, 2007)

Could You Explain a Vote Against Children’s Health to Our Children? (September 26, 2007)

SCHIP and the Rigged Health Insurance Game (October 26, 2007)

In Health Care, the Market Mindset is Hard to Break (November 5, 2007)