Climate for Health Reform Differs From Previous Years
WAMU's "The Diane Rehm Show" on Thursday included a discussion with Julie Rovner, a health policy correspondent for NPR; Joseph Antos, a health policy scholar at the American Enterprise Institute; and Ron Pollack, executive director of Families USA, about presidential candidates' proposals for changing the U.S. health care system.
The guests said the political climate is in some ways different than in past elections because of higher costs and increased public concern about the issue.
However, the guests noted that health care has been an issue in previous elections and that many of the arguments for and against various proposals are not new. The guests also answered questions from callers about physicians' profits, administrative costs for health insurers, universal health care and funding issues, among other topics (Roberts, "The Diane Rehm Show," WAMU, 5/31).
Audio of the segment is available online.