Amid all the smarmy attacks on health care reform and on reforms of insurance abuses, public discourse in the United States has undergone a watershed moment. Before now, discussion of public policy on health in this country has suffered because it omitted any meaningful emphasis on problems with health insurance and the responsibility of private insurers. Now that topic is no longer being omitted.
Health policy, in public policy, has three legs:
health care or maintenance, supporting wellness and preventing disease and injury;
health treatment, meaning the wonders of medicine from pharmacology to surgery; and
health insurance. All three should maintain and fortify the health of over 300 million Americans to the extent possible.