Which healthcare proposal will hurt and which will heal?

on January 7, 2010

50 million Americans currently live without healthcare and are therefore at the mercy of any ailment that may befall them. There are many competing views on how to improve the system, but two main bills have made their way through the legislative process. Use this viz to see how each intends to deal with our healthcare shortfall.

The level of news coverage and public concern over the competing healthcare bills is astounding, but the quality of information about those same bills is disappointing. Although many attempts have been made to make the legislation public, there is little chance that the average American actually has a spare 50 hours (and the attention span) to read through the documents.

Seeking greater transparency, we have arranged them side-by-side in this visualization for easy comparison and comprehension. For instance, you can clearly see that 50 million Americans currently live without healthcare. This unfortunate statistic has driven our elected representatives to create a solution, and two competing bills have emerged. Although each bill is hundreds of pages long, the Congressional Budget Office is charged with providing accurate (and digestible) estimates on the cost of these bills. Each proposal has a trade-off: the House version offers considerable coverage, but at a high cost. The Senate version has offered a bill with low cost per capita, but with less overall coverage.


Hey great "viz!"

Very informative and useful...one piece of advice: to change the title of the middle graph on the right. "Effect on the Number of Uninsured" makes it sound like "this is how many uninsured americans will be taken care of under this plan..." and that is not what the information in the graph is explaining. The graph is explaining "the number of uninsured people under this plan."