As a public service, Cascade Policy Institute offers the following short quiz to help Oregon Catalyst readers evaluate any of the various state or federal health care reform plans.
There aren’t necessarily any right or wrong answers. So, take the quiz and then comment if you’d like about how it either confirmed or changed your thinking on the complex issue of health care reform.
What to ask about any health care reform plan
“¢ Does it create a comprehensive alternative, competitively positioned to displace the old system?
“¢ Does it seek (and permit) all categories of willing citizens to be included?
“¢ Does it offer a credible and critically examined cost control strategy?
“¢ Does it foster future innovation and the spirit of individual responsibility?
“¢ Does it offer robust choice commensurate with the dynamic interests of the population?
“¢ Does the implementation strategy challenge the wisdom of forcing people to participate in an unsustainable or unproven solution?
If you answered “no” to most of these questions, then ask yourself if that reform is really on the right track.
You can view, print and forward a formatted color version of the quiz here.
In January 2007 Cascade Policy Institute began a series of one-page papers to address various health care reform issues. They’re published in BrainstormNW magazine and online in the Health Care Policy Insight section of Cascade’s Health Care research page. The quiz is the January 2008 Insight.
Steve Buckstein is Senior Policy Analyst and founder of Cascade Policy Institute, a Portland-based think tank.