What should health reform look like?

Posted Sept. 04, 2009, at 2:11 p.m.

Congress will be back in session this week and health care will likely top the agenda. What should health care reform include? Universal coverage? How would this be done — through mandates that everyone have health insurance or through tax credits to both employers and individuals? Should reform include a public option? Should it only be triggered if competition between insurance companies doesn’t lower costs and increase the number of people with in-surance?

How should changes be paid for? Tax increases on the wealthy? Cuts in Medicare and other government-run health care programs? Or will savings in the system cover the costs?