National Public Radio’s “This American Life” is a wonderful program, and I was excited to see that they were going to cover health care reform in two episodes. I downloaded them as podcasts — you can too at http://www.thisamericanlife.org/Radio_Archive.aspx, episodes 391 and 392.
Last Saturday, I finally had a chance to listen to Part Two while driving home from a medical meeting. This episode of “This American Life” provides the clearest and most rational explanation of the high cost of health care that I’ve heard on any medium. The show was well balanced toward insurance companies, doctors and drug companies, yet it made clear how our system is screwed up and how it got that way. If you get the chance, listen to this program. You will come away better educated on the whole debate.