The health care debate has been discussed in many ways: public vs. private, big government vs. small government, freedom vs. tyranny, socialism vs. liberty, and change vs. choice. Effectively communicating about health care reform is essential as it is a predominant issue on both the presidential and congressional agendas. Unfortunately, 48% of the American public still reports being confused about health care reform. Too much time has been spent manipulating words to convince the public that specific policies are superior. Instead, policymakers should focus on clearly communicating main tenets of the plans and allowing citizens to decide for themselves.
Information about “rhetoric on health insurance reform” leads the White House webpage. President Barack Obama has acknowledged the importance of communicating about health care reform and has presented addresses on the issue to both Congress and the public. The Department of Health & Human Services has devoted a website to health care reform that provides links to specific pages on communicating about the issue.