Thursday, July 16, 2009

Reform Complex, But Compared to What?

One of the most effective attacks on the Clinton health reform plan in 1994 came in the form of a flow chart developed by Senate Majority Leader Robert J. Dole (R-Kan), which portrayed the mechinations of the Clinton plan as a hopelessly complicated process worthy of Rube Goldberg.

Well, as the song says, everything old is new again. The Republican Staff of Congress' Joint Economic Committee have developed a flow-chart (displayed to your right) of the plan being developed by Democrats this year. As you might expect, it's not a pretty picture.

But this time around the Republican flow chart has company. The New Republic, with the help of the Kaiser Family Foundation, has published a chart (displayed to your left) mapping out the current health care system and it shows, in the words of Jonathan Cohn, that it's "already a mind-numbing web of institutions, agencies, and businesses."


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