Health Care Battle: Déjà Vu All Over Again

Lessons from history for those supporting, opposing reform

Thursday, September 10, 2009

President Obama’s push to reform the nation's health care system is not a new fight. It has been a battle fought by just about every occupant of the Oval Office for the past 75 years. From Roosevelt to Eisenhower to LBJ and Nixon to both Clintons, universal health coverage has been a long-fought campaign. We speak to James Morone, political science professor at Brown University and co-author of The Heart of Power: Health and Politics in the Oval Office, about waging war in Washington.

Hosted by:

Lynn Sherr

Contributors:

Jesse Baker

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Susan Gleason

On a related note, Brooke Jarvis wrote this recent piece for YES! about the history of health care reform in the U.S. — "Health Care Déja Vu" — http://www.yesmagazine.org/issues/learn-as-you-go/health-care-deja-vu
(I'm enjoying The Takeaway broadcast, mornings on KBCS 91.3FM!)

Sep. 10 2009 05:24 PM
Edward

No behavior change; no health care reform. We have contradicting wants: universal coverage, no restrictions, no government, and cost reduction. We should take small steps:
1- insurers become financial managers, not care delivery managers. No denial for anything except non payment of premium.
2- individuals are completely responsible: if not insured, all there assets are in play should they seek care. THIS DOES NOT HAPPEN because it is too easy for hospitals and providers to just shift unpaid bills into the unpaid account, and spread it on the insurers.
These two basics will solve many problems. We must maintain freedom, require responsiblity, and regulate accordingly.

Sep. 10 2009 08:47 AM

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