As this slideshow from Dan Roam reveals, the healthcare reform debate is really a debate over insurance reform: who pays for healthcare. His slideshow dramatizes who the players are in this debate, what are their motivations, and how this impacts the American consumer (and tax payer).
This is the best resource I’ve seen to help clarify the dimensions of the debate and what’s at stake. Its clarity is due to Dan Roam’s mastery of visual thinking as a means to organize and focus the key aspects of complex topics and then communicate those insights in a simple and straightforward manner that is easily grasped. As I wrote a year ago, I loved Roam’s book on visual thinking, The Back of the Napkin: Solving Problems and Selling Ideas with Pictures. This slideshow is a great example of the power of visual thinking.
This debate matters to me because I own a small business and there are no good, affordable alternatives for small businesses. I hope that this slideshow helps to illuminate the issues, and help the government reach a consensus that serves the consumer and tax payer, without continuing to enrich the private insurers at the expense of the consumer (which is the status quo).