If you're looking for an entertaining way to learn more about the specifics of the ongoing health care debate in the US, then I highly recommend This American Life's two part series on what's wrong with the American health care system. The first episode, "More is Less," deals with why costs keeps rising, and the second episode, "Someone Else's Money," deals with the dark side of the health insurance industry.
Be warned, these episodes, though enjoyable, are a tad depressing. If you follow the programs' conclusions to their logical endpoint, then human nature is really at the core of the problem, and only a massive overhaul of the system and its incentives—something the US lacks the will to do—can ever hope to fix it.
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Sunday, October 18, 2009
By Stephen M.