The federal health care plan for legislators is a pretty nice deal, with the federal government offering a broad array of plans. Meanwhile, for the rest of us, more and more employers don't offer health care at all.
While the debate rages in rich nations, successful developing countries like Brazil, Chile, China, India and Indonesia have figured out a way forward, and are moving ahead. Here is what they are doing.
Before we collectively start quaking in fear of a government takeover of health care it might make sense to slow down and consider that a fair amount of our health care system already has strong government involvement.
The excesses of the health insurance industry resemble those of Wall Street and the subprime housing market, typified by privatized profits for insurers and socialized risk for taxpayers and consumers.