Some Useful Resources on Health Care Reform

August 29, 2009 at 9:30 am | Posted in In the News | Leave a comment

I don’t know about you, but while I have very specific ideas about what I do and don’t want in health care reform, I’m not really sure where to get concrete, truthful information about how it will affect me. This morning I’m going to spend some time assembling links that may help you to educate yourself, if necessary.

First up is this excellent page from The New York Times that brings together all of their recent articles about reform, as well as plenty of video clips and interviews.

That’s a good place to start, but what if you want to know the nitty-gritty of the bill itself?

Open Congress is an interactive web page that gives the full text of H.R. 3200, America’s Affordable Health Choices Act of 2009, the bill currently before the house. The site includes reader commentary and links to recent news articles and blog posts, pro and con. There are plenty of opportunities here to track and join the online debate.

To take action, go to the website for the National Alliance on Mental Illness website’s Legislative Action Center. Puzzlingly, the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance website doesn’t address the issue — at least not that I could find. Regardless, once you’ve made up your mind about health care reform, it’s an excellent idea to let your representatives know how you feel before the August recess ends. Most will have a website that will allow you to register to be notified of any upcoming town hall meetings — I will be attending one on Tuesday, one of the last before Congress reconvenes.

So there you have it. There’s no reason not to get involved in the debate.


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