The Health Care Flow Charts Are Back

Aug 12, 2009 3:49pm

ABC News' Teddy Davis and Sara Just report: The flow charts are back.
When Republicans defeated President Clinton's effort to overhaul the nation's health-care system in the 1990s, the GOP used charts of mind-boggling complexity to paint the plan as overly bureaucratic.
Although President Obama has tried to avoid some of Clinton's missteps on health care, Republicans are once again using flow charts to make their case against the president's plan.

Check out Congressman Kevin Brady, R- Texas, at a recent town-hall meeting when he shows his constituents a chart produced by the Republican staff of the Joint Economic Committee. In the below video clip, the chart makes its first appearance about 3:30 into the clip.
"This is the chart the Democrats don’t want you to see," said Brady, the JEC's ranking House Republican.

Meanwhile, the New Republic’s Jonathan Cohn, a health-care reform supporter and author of "Sick: The Untold Story of America's Health Care Crisis," has his own chart  depicting American health care as it is today.  You can see that colorful chart here.  

Asked if House Republicans are hoping to use flow charts in the same way that Republicans did in the 1990s, House Minority Leader John Boehner spokeswoman Antonia Ferrier said: "If it has a similar effect, from our perspective, that is helpful."

More charts to come? Stay tuned.

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