One of my favorite places to try to find out what's going on in American medical care is a blog operated by the Columbia Journalism Review called "The Second Opinion: Examining Media Coverage of Heatlhcare". It's a blunt look at why we get so confused about medical costs, Obamacare, hospital ratings, and other subjects in the news. It's written by Trudy Lieberman, a former economics writer for Consumer Reports, and Sibyl Shalo Wilmont, a nurse and writer.
Here are some examples of their posts:
The insanity of hospital pricing. This is a look at the reports, including really terrific investigative reporting by Time Magazine, on the enormous differences in prices charged for the same services....