We are in the final days of the 2012 election season, and a great deal of finger pointing is going around. Both parties are claiming the other will destroy Medicare/Medicaid/Private Insurance. If you listen to either Romney or Obama their opponent wants to do horrible things, take away your health care or destroy health care market!
The rhetoric unfortunately obscures the proposals the candidates have made, and finding an analysis of the impact of the proposals on television news media is nearly impossible. (But they will give you an analysis of how they look, the cloths they wear and how many times they scratch their nose….all the important information!)
Thankfully the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) has published a free, online analysis of the candidates proposals compiled by Aaron E. Carroll, MD, MS and Austin B. Frakt, PhD and how it will impact on the health insurance market in the United States. You can view and download the analysis at: http://jama.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=1379004. (Please note that JAMA has a tradition of nonpartisan analysis. Any doubts to the authenticity of the data are addressed at Dr. Carrol’s blog.)
You can also find a commentary by Dr. Carroll, one of the authors at his blog.
However, if you are one of those people who just want the facts in a simple to digest visual format, here it is courtesy of Drs. Carroll and Frakt: