August 7th, 2009
06:10 PM ET

Interactive: A brief history of government and health care

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Life-saving medical procedures and drugs allow Americans to live longer and healthier than ever before. But for a growing number of uninsured Americans, paying for that care hasn't kept pace.

Click here to view an interactive timeline of US government's health care policy.

Also, click here to see side-by-side comparison of major health care reform proposals.

Filed under: 360° Radar • Health Care
soundoff (4 Responses)
  1. Keith

    Erica, what a way to introduce a guest by doing your best to discard the gentleman that was the former head of HCA. I was obvisous that you had a predetermined argument in favor of the Democrats and President Obama's health care plan. Why can you and CNN not realize that there are those of us that have never been contacted by or are even a part of any these organizations that CNN leads viewers to believe are staging the protest at town hall meetings. People like me are very up set with that both political parties are trying to do with our health care in this country. I have written my congressman and senators urging them not to support a government ran health care system.

    You appear to be critical of citizens standing up and exercising their freedom of speech, but I would bet if the government were to be critical of the press in their reporting, you and CNN would be all over them reporting they were trying to silence the freedom of the press and speech. Bottom line, get over it. People are not buying CNN one sided stand on this issue.

    I always like the way you tried to hide your personal or corporate driven feeling on the air, but tonight you were awful and should be ashamed in the manner you conducted the interview.

    August 7, 2009 at 10:38 pm |
  2. David, Indiana

    It is nice to see these plans side by side.Complicated reading, but thanks

    August 7, 2009 at 10:03 pm |
  3. Annie Kate

    We have in this country wonderful health facilities, doctors, medical equipment, and a huge number of the population unable to pay health care costs. The difference between what health care insurance pays for a prescription and what an uninsured person pays is telling; for example, if you look at Celebrex for insured patient pays 35 dollars for a months supply while an uninsured patient pays 300 dollars. That is a huge difference and some have to choose between buying food or paying for their medicine. We should at least do something to bring down the costs of prescriptions for the uninsured to the same level that the insured has.

    August 7, 2009 at 6:59 pm |
  4. RLWellman

    We need Health Care Reform that the Government doesn't run!

    August 7, 2009 at 6:52 pm |