The simplest definition of Health Care Reform lies in the word reform—which means to amend or improve through change.

This divides the American people into two camps: those who think our present health care system is flawed and needs to be improved, and those who believe that it is acceptable and want things to remain the same.  It’s when we try to divide the first group—people who want reform—that things get messy, because the issue shifts to how reform will be achieved.

There is currently no satisfying way for the average citizen to get an objective break-down of the options, because the bills have not all solidified.  The House bill (H.R. 3200) is the most clear at the moment, while the various Senate committees continue to wheel and deal.  A public option—a government-run insurance program available to anyone that wants it—is also slated to be on the table.

The majority of the country’s population have made it clear that they want reform, but whether it involves removing faults and abuses, introducing and enforcing a better way of doing things, or all that and more continues to be debated.

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