Jordan Rau’s stories have been published in The New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, USA Today, Philadelphia Inquirer, Politico, and on npr.org and nbcnews.com, among other media outlets. He came to KHN when it was started in 2009 from the Los Angeles Times, where he covered California government and health care politics in Sacramento. He previously reported for Newsday in New York, the Concord Monitor in New Hampshire and two newspapers in Vermont. | Contact: JordanR@kff.org | @JordanRau
Now that the Senate has passed a hotly debated health care bill, Congress is headed to the next step: House-Senate negotiations in January to try to hammer out a final version. Here's where things stand and how you might be affected.
Ads by a liberal activist group and a prominent labor union defend members of Congress who voted for the House health bill. But the ads misleadingly claim the legislation would stop premiums from increasing and make a debatable assertion that Medicare would be "strengthened."
June O'Neill says the national debt would grow and the elderly on Medicare would suffer, but her successors at the Congressional Budget Office disagree. The ad was created by a Washington lobbyist and corporate public relations firm.
The Senate and House health bills differ in important ways. We ask and answer questions consumers might have about the bills.
Dr. Richard "Buz" Cooper doesn't mince words as he challenges highly-respected research asserting that hospitals and doctors waste up to $700 billion a year on unnecessary testing and treatment. He says the Dartmouth Atlas of Health Care doesn’t adequately account for the health care needs of poor people.
Some argue the Dartmouth Atlas of Health Care, which found wide geographic differences in how medicine is practiced, overstates the amount of potential waste because its methods don't fully factor in the heavy medical needs of very poor people. Here are some views on the debate.
A conservative advocacy group warns that the health care bills before Congress would hurt Medicare. The ad uses older Americans to exaggerate the impact of proposed Medicare cuts and ignores some improvements.
An insurance industry ad takes aim at the Senate Finance Committee bill, warning that many seniors will be required to pay "more than their fair share" for a health overhaul. But that argument turns on its head the real inequity in Medicare.
In 2007, California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger proposed covering the state’s uninsured with a plan similar to the one Congress is now considering. By January 2008, his plan was killed by a state Senate committee. While Obama’s prospects remain stronger than Schwarzenegger’s ever were, the current effort is hitting roadblocks reminiscent of the California experience.
One of the central issues in the health reform debate is how much Americans should be expected to spend on insurance before getting help from the government.