One thing that has been notably missing from the health care debate has been a (sane) discussion of health care systems in other nations. You would think that if we are going to reform health care in this country, we might want to look at what has worked in other nations (and avoid things that have not worked). It would also be good to see how other countries managed their transition away from a private system.
Amazingly, someone did this — the PBS show Frontline. They examine the health care systems in Great Britain, Japan, Germany, Taiwan, and Switzerland, and are happy to consider both the strengths and weaknesses of each approach (yes, they are all different).
UPDATE: While you’re at it, read this heartwarming story about health insurance in Canada. Could anyone in the US even hope to have an experience like this?
UPDATE 2: HuffPo has a good article Health Experiences From Around the World that gives information about health insurance in different countries.