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
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.
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce makes a weak case that lawmakers are moving too fast to overhaul the health care system.
As lawmakers weigh trimming legislation, some consumers might end up burdened by medical and insurance costs.
The drug industry, physicians' lobby and some backers of President Barack Obama's health care overhaul argue that the changes Congress is considering will make the health care system more stable and affordable. But the ad promises more certainty about the future than Congress is likely to be able to ensure.
An anti-tax group goes after Democratic health reform proposals, alleging they would lead to rationing and crushing government deficits. But the campaign includes some dubious comparisons with the British health system, and the group’s recommended solutions are open to question.