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Pick of the Day: Readable health care reform

A couple of months ago, my editor asked me to write about health care reform. Almost immediately, my eyes glazed over. My ears filled with cotton. Oh no, I thought, not another one of those Democrats vs. Republicans posturing for political gain stories, another story with stuffy quotes about how dire things are and trillion-dollar figures thrown around. I totally freaked out.

My colleague, Ian Shapira, tried to calm me down by suggesting I read a wonderful piece in The Atlantic, How American Health Care Killed My Father. (Sorry, Ian, I'm stealing this one from you.) I was taken by how the story was human and real and made something as convoluted as the health care system and why it doesn't work so utterly understandable (and how the current fixes being proposed aren't really fixes at all.)

So, read this while you digest the daily news of the health care reform battle that is getting underway in Congress again.

(P.S., the health care story I ended up writing, thankfully, was a profile of the people living along one cul-de-sac in Gaithersburg, Maryland, and their myriad real struggles with their health and the health care system - and how disconnected they felt from the political battle raging just a few miles to the south of them in Washington .)

By Brigid Schulte  | January 12, 2010; 7:38 AM ET
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