Proposals to policy: A national conversation on healthcare reform. Recorded broadcast from the National Press Club, Washington, D.C. November 20, 2008 (45 minutes)

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Reforming health care is among American voters' top issues. To ensure more Americans receive affordable health care coverage and high quality health care at the right time in the right place, we will need to work together, healthcare providers, employers and health insurers, pharmacies and pharmaceutical companies, national and local policy makers, government and consumers.

PwC understands this approach to health care reform as does the National Association of Children’s Hospitals and Related Institutions (NACHRI).  Together, NACHRI and PwC produced this broadcast program.

Event Moderator & Panelists

Susan Dentzer, editor-in-chief of Health Affairs and health correspondent of The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, moderated a panel of health care experts, economists and lawmakers as they discussed President Obama's health care reform proposals.

Panelists:

  • Alice Rivlin, Senior Fellow, Metropolitan Policy Program and Economic Studies Director, Greater Washington Research at Brookings Institution
  • U.S. Representative Michael C. Burgess, M.D (R-TX)
  • U.S. Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR)
  • R. Bruce Josten, Executive Vice President, Government Affairs, U.S. Chamber of Commerce
  • Edwin K. Zechman, Jr., President and CEO of Children’s National Medical Center and Chairman of the NACHRI and N.A.C.H. Boards of Trustees
  • Chris Jennings, President of Jennings Policy Strategies,
  • David Levy, M.D., Principal, Health Industries Advisory Services, PwC

About Health Care Reform

In conjunction with the national event, PwC and NACHRI polled Americans and health care industry leaders. Both groups polled want health care reform legislation passed in president Obama's first term. However when it comes to the issue most important to these groups, American consumers identify reducing health care costs as their first priority while health care industry leaders want to expand health care coverage.

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