Trudy Lieberman, veteran health care journalist, describes how difficult it is to have a meaningful national conversation about health reform, especially in the context of a hotly contested election year, in this article for the Center for Health Journalism: As candidates talk past each other, real debate over health reform goes missing.

“No one expected health care to be AWOL on the campaign trail, and it hasn’t been. In January the Kaiser Family Foundation Tracking Poll found that the cost of health care and health insurance ranked only third in importance for all registered voters, behind terrorism and jobs, while the Affordable Care Act came in eighth. The problem is not lack of interest, I’d wager. It’s that campaign talk has been way too sketchy and uninformative, leaving voters with precious little to chew on. They’ve tuned out. So it’s fair to ask: What exactly are the candidates saying about their positions on this most contentious of issues?”  [See full article]