The Health Care Debate

The intense emotion of the current debate shows how important health care is to all of us.  Here are some resources which you may find helpful on the subject.  You can see the main elements of the most likely House bill with Democratic House member support at THOMAS, a website covering Congressional legislation maintained by the U. S. Library of Congress.  Once there, just click on America’s Affordable Health Choices Act of 2009.    President Obama’s ideas and related material may be found on the White House website. One of the many agencies supporting White House and Democratic Party proposals is the Brookings Institution, and you can see their views at their health care link.

The Heritage Foundation, one of the many organizations opposing these views and suggesting others, presents its ideas at the website FixHealthCarePolicy.

The library has several recent books on the debate.  Health Care  presents varying views on reform proposals and is part of the Opposing Viewpoints series.  Critical: What We Can Do about the Health Care Crisis is by former Senator Tom Daschle, and discusses views similar to President Obama’s proposals.  Healthy Competition: What’s Holding Back Health Care and How to Free it is written by Michael Cannon and Michael Tanner of the Cato Institute and presents another point of view.

These and other resources can be found through the Greensboro Public Library’s Central Library and five (six again in January, 2010) branches along with the library website.  The debate is far from over, so stay informed about the process and find out as much as you can about the issue so that your voice can be heard more effectively.

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