The health care problem is not only an ethical issue (many people, myself included, believe that Americans should not go without needed health care because they're poor) but also, increasingly, a major factor in the overall economic picture. (This isn't a new problem--check out the news on GM, for example--but one that is becoming ever more pressing for a variety of reasons.)
You've likely heard about plans -- some in place (as in Massachusetts), some proposed (like the one just rejected this week in California) -- to require that individuals purchase health insurance. It being an election year, we're likely to start hearing more, soon, about the candidates' plans for fixing the health care "system." Such individual-mandate approaches may be part of that picture.
Just in time, here's a chance to learn more: you can tune in to a live webcast today at 1:30 ET, sponsored by the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. It should be an informative session, featuring a panel of well-known experts in health policy and finance.
If you can't tune in today (sorry for the short notice!), the archived webcast will be available online afterward.