Obama Gets a Prescription for American Healthcare

Doctors aren't a monolith: different branches of medicine see the healthcare debate differently

Monday, June 15, 2009

Today President Obama is in Chicago to pitch his healthcare reform agenda to the American Medical Association. But the AMA represents only one-fourth of all physicians. Joining The Takeaway to explain the relationship Obama is hoping to forge with the medical community is Dr. Steffie Woolhandler. She talks about the different constituencies of doctors and how Obama is including or leaving out the voices of those outside the AMA.

Dr. Woolhander is an Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard and Co-Director of the Harvard Medical School General Internal Medicine Fellowship program. She is also a co-founder of Physicians for a National Health Program.

In last week's public address, President Obama addressed the need for healthcare reform. Watch that video below.

Guests:

Dr. Steffie Woolhandler

Comments [3]

Ash meer

Every single entity involved in healthcare should sign a hippocratic oath. If the industry really cared about the patients we would have none of the runaway costs that have stripped the value from our health dollars.

Jun. 16 2009 02:06 PM
William Jordan

The AMA and PNHP are not the only organizations representing doctors. I am a member of the National Physicians Alliance, which represents 20,000 progressive doctors across the country who support quality, affordable health care for all. We believe in a pragmatic middle ground that puts patients before profits. We strongly support a public health insurance option as a guarantee of keeping private insurers honest and competitive. We believe in real choice for our patients.

Jun. 15 2009 09:38 AM
Rowan in Brooklyn

One of the primary savings arising from state sponsored universal health care is the ability for the state to negotiate directly with drug companies for the purchase of prescription drugs.

Jun. 15 2009 08:59 AM

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