In which John Green compares the healthcare plans of U.S. Presidential candidates Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. For more information about health and health care policy, check out Health Care Triage.

Rand’s analysis of the reform proposals of Clinton and Trump are nicely summarized here.

Full analysis of Hillary Clinton’s plan (who is the Democratic party’s nominee) can be found here.

And full analysis of Donald Trump’s plan (who is the Republican party’s nominee) can be found here.

Understanding the Healthcare System of the United States.

Why Are American Health Care Costs So High? 

The Kaiser Family Foundation explains the high cost of health care in the United States compared to other rich nations.

And this series explores health care outcomes in the U.S. vs. other rich nations.

The Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare) has resulted in a significant drop in the uninsured population in the U.S. Fuller data and complete report here.

A single-payer health care system would not, in and of itself, magically bring costs in the U.S. down to 10% of GPD, as explained by Aaron Carroll here.

Trump’s plan to allow insurance companies to sell policies across state lines is extremely controversial among health policy experts.

The Wikipedia article on Health care in the United States is also excellent.

And lastly, this comparison tool from the Commonwealth Fund is pretty cool. It allows you to see side-by-side what Clinton and Trump have proposed to deal with various problems with the health care system.

FIND OUT HOW TO VOTE IN YOUR STATE: http://youtube.com/howtovoteineverystate

Huge thanks to Rosianna for graphics and to Aaron Carroll for fact-checking. Any errors are my own.


Hi! So I’m going on a social media hiatus for a while starting today. (There will still be a new vlogbrothers video from me every Tuesday and a new episode of our podcast Dear Hank and John each week.) 

There are a lot of reasons for the break, but it boils down to this: For both professional and personal reasons, I want and need to write a book, and so I want to direct all my energy toward the story.

I’ve also had a difficult few months in terms of dealing with my mental illness, which is a chronic (but treatable!) part of my life, and I’m hopeful that taking a step back from online life will help me regain some equilibrium. 

How long will this last? I don’t know. Rosianna will keep things updated around here on the crash course/art assignment/public health/AFC Wimbledon/etc. fronts. If she’s posting, you’ll know because she’ll put RHR in tags.

I made a post earlier today with lots of updates on various endeavors, so if you’re curious about any of our ongoing projects you can find and/or follow them here.

Thanks for everything. DFTBA.


New video: Racism in America by the Numbers

The playlist discussed at the end of the video. (If you have suggestions for others, share them!)


On average, black men’s prison sentences are 20% longer than white men’s for comparable crimes.

Black people and white people use illegal drugs at similar rates, but black people are far more likely to be arrested for drug use.

African Americans are far more likely to be stopped and searched (although the contraband hit rate is higher among white people) in California.

And also in New York (where the data isn’t quite as good but appears to be comparable to CA).

Those wrongfully convicted and later exonerated by DNA are disproportionately African American.

Black kids are far more likely to be tried as adults and more likely to receive life sentences.

Black former convicts get fewer employer callbacks than white former convicts.

Emily and Brendan are more hirable than Lakisha and Jamal.

Another study on racial bias in hiring.

Similar results have been found in the UK: and also in AustraliaAlso, this news story has some great analysis about employment and race

High schools with mostly African American and Latino students are less likely to offer courses in Algebra II or Chemistry than high schools with mostly white students.

This article explores many of the other ways that increasingly segregated schools have negatively affected African American students.

And this story discusses the fact that African American students are more than twice as likely to be suspended as white students–even in preschool.

The American College of Physicians report on racial disparities in U.S. health care.

This (dated) study is also damning, and there’s lot of good info here.

More info on increasing disparities in life expectancy between black and white people in the U.S.

The most recent polls show fewer white people thinking racism is not a problem than the ones I used in this video MY BAD (although still a huge divide): here and here and here.

Inheritance plays a huge role in the racial wealth disparity. (And a related wikipedia article.)

And lastly, the wealth gap is indeed widening

Sorry for the wall of text, but I wanted to make sure I sourced everything. 

The point of cursive writing

I was thinking about that Hank said in his last video that cursive writing is useless

I taught a couple of beginner English class to refugees and asylum seekers, who can write Arabic but not our alphabet. So they have the ability to do precise letters and fine motor skills but aren’t familiar with our letters. 

So I teach them how to make a letter. And they copy the letter and it looks the same, but they write it differently. For example, they start writing the ‘V’ on the right and go left. Or for an ‘e’ they make a ‘c’ and then put a line in. And while that’s fine and gets you to your goal, you’re never going to be able to write fast*. Cursive writing forces you to write the letters in a practical way because you *have* to write from left to right, and in as smooth a move as possible. It forces you to write the individual letters with a kind of logical ‘flow’ from one letter to the other. 

So I think cursive writing is beneficial in learning to write, even if you don’t write cursive ever again. 

*of course, writing fast isn’t an essential skill, you’ll manage perfectly fine if each letter takes a second. But it is practical to be able to quickly note something down, in my opinion.