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Health Reform: A Visual Explanation [kickstarter.com] combines the concepts of infographic animation, political advocacy, and grassroots fundraising into one. The goal of the initiative is to educate the wide public about Health Care Reform in neutral, non-partisan way. The ultimate aim is to design an infographic movie that explains the facts of this reform bill, and will be available for public, private and viral use.

"Basically the whole country is trying to synthesize this dizzying thousand page bill into practical information. There is a remarkable amount of information out there, and as designers we feel like we do have a particular talent for translating it into a visual language."

However, they require at least $5,000 to be able to accomplish this project to, next to other things, hire voice-over talent, create an audio track, and collaborate with consultants who can help translate the details of the forth-coming bill into concise visual information.

This means the project will only go ahead if at least $5,000 is pledged by September 7. Currently, 11 backers have pledged $515, with 10 days to go. A short, 20-second teaser video has been already been put online.


While the goal here seems to be to explain one scenario, and it's therefore closer to a marketing campaign (a marketing campaign not paid for by any of the people actually trying to sell the plan?!,) has someone put effort into something like a "systems analysis" diagram of the healthcare industry?

Something that could show the various forces that exist in the market, their effects, and the various control points we have, to explain what our options could be? Or give us a "test environment" of sorts in which to try out some scenarios and explain how they would, or would not, influence such variables as choice, cost, access, waiting times, life expectancy, quality of care, physician supply, drug research, etc.?

Something along the lines of: systems-thinking: service delivery model

Sat 29 Aug 2009 at 2:33 AM
Philip Williams

Seriously... buy your spin here...

They should spend their $5000 hiring an economist or industry expert to tell them how the proposed reform would really impact customers.

Or perhaps they could explain why:

- a top economist says that a non-profit insurer should be as effective as a government option (so why get the government involved)


- the head of the Congressional Budget Office says that preventative care will raise not lower costs:


- or that the Obama administration expects these programs to add $9 trillion to the debt... which is only $7.2 trillion today (after Bush's "fiscally irresponsible" years)


... I guess it's no surprise that they want to talk about "choice of doctors" instead of the real issues.

Sat 29 Aug 2009 at 4:50 AM

Instead of developing material to untangle the needless complexity of a 1000-page bill, why not advocate for HR676, which is only 30 pages?

It's unfortunate that this avowedly neutral effort rules out the only solution on offer that's actually been proven to work in other countries: single payer. Please consider revising your approach to be truly neutral.

Sun 30 Aug 2009 at 9:03 AM

Note, intro video was purely to convey style and mood of the project. If we obtain funding we will attempt to cover many of your suggestions above. Thanks. While YES, we do want a better system of Health Care in America, we are neither democrat or republican. We are human. We are concerned with how this will be paid for as well as how to protect digital medical records from hackers. There is a lot to consider but doing nothing is worst.

Tue 01 Sep 2009 at 7:00 AM

There is obviously a lot to know about this. There are some good points here.

Sat 10 Oct 2009 at 10:55 AM

Very instructive indeed, need to dig abit more into this. Like the idea of 'choice' though..

Fri 22 Jan 2010 at 11:30 PM
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