NIFI Releases New Materials on Health Care Costs

The Kettering Foundation and the National Issues Forums Institute (NIFI) are pleased to announce the publication of a new issue guide, Health Care: How Can We Bring Costs Down While Getting the Care We Need?

From the guide:

Americans, individually and as a nation, are worried about high health-care costs. Many of us fear that skyrocketing drug prices and surprise medical bills could keep us from getting the care we need or ruin us financially whether we have insurance or not. Businesses and governments also face increasing costs. Health-care costs continue to grow faster than inflation. 
How can we bring costs down while getting the care we need? This issue guide looks at three ways of making our health-care system sustainable and fair. Each option offers advantages as well as downsides.

  • If we create a single government program to pay for everyone’s health care, would taxes rise and quality suffer?
  • Can gradual reforms hold costs down and still get everybody covered?
  • Should we take responsibility for our own choices in a more transparent and competitive marketplace even if that means those who make poor decisions will suffer the consequences?

NIFI is offering a full set of materials on this issue:

  • The issue guide in a printed, 28-page format and as a downloadable PDF
  • A briefer 6-page issue advisory that presents the same three options for deliberation (printed and PDF)
  • A 4-minute overview video
  • Post-forum questionnaire
  • Spanish versions of the issue advisory and questionnaire as downloadable PDF and a subtitled overview video

 This issue is part of the Hidden Common Ground initiative, a joint project that brings together nationwide survey research by Public Agenda, reporting and editorial coverage from USA TODAY, issue guides developed by the Kettering Foundation, and the network of National Issues Forums. The forums are meant to foster deliberation in which people make decisions together on what actions we should take on pressing issues and on which issues we are divided and still have work to do.