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Posted: June 03, 2007

Presidential candidates and state governments from Massachusetts to California are advancing proposals and legislation to reform the lumbering, expensive health-care system, which is squeezing business and household budgets. Here are Web sites focused on the issue.

Bush & Carter. The National Coalition on Health Care, a group cochaired by former Presidents Bush and Carter, says it brings together business, labor, consumer, religious, and primary-care-provider groups, and the largest health and pension funds in a nonpartisan effort to improve health care in the United States. Read the coalition's reports on health-insurance costs, quality of coverage, and other matters.

Reform boosters. Reform proposals run the gamut from socialized medicine to market-driven doctor fees. The fellow operating this Web site advocates single-payer, universal health insurance, and is highly critical of insurance and pharmaceutical lobbies.

As an example of long-standing problems in the health-care system, the site offers this 1990 report that enumerates troubles that are still with us 17 years later, including soaring costs, imbalances in services, and tens of millions of uninsured individuals.

Free-market answers. The libertarian Cato Institute think tank backs "a comprehensive market-based approach to controlling health-care costs," and takes some credit for the defeat of health-care changes proposed by the Clinton administration in the 1990s.

Family foundation. The Kaiser Family Foundation's bimonthly Health Poll Report puts health care in the context of other national and international issues. For example, Americans placed health care third last year on the list of priorities problems they want solved by the federal government, after the war and the economy.


Root problem? This site contends that the biggest problem in health care is in medical education, and proposes a new teaching system that would put medical students in doctors' offices, virtually from day one, along with learning from a free online "World Health Medical School."

Contact staff writer Reid Kanaley at 610-353-9812 or rkanaley@phillynews.com.

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