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Senator Obama lists out his key plans for change, focusing on creating jobs, obtaining energy independence, guaranteeing education, and providing universal health care.
"I would call it a myth that we have the best healthcare system in the world," says Daschle.
He then outlines specific reform essential to repairing the United States healthcare system.
Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich calls Obama's healthcare reform bill "irrational," criticizing the legislation for being introduced and passed without proper governmental oversight and review.
Reflecting on a PSA Ronald Reagan recorded on LP in 1961, political commentators Mark Steyn and Rob Long discuss the implications of government-run healthcare.
They argue that while it may seem innocuous, Obama's healthcare plan could serve as the first step in a complete government takeover of everyday life.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi offers her behind-the-scenes insight into the recently passed healthcare reform bill.
She enumerates the three main benefits of the bill: affordability, accessibility, and accountability.
House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan presents his proposed healthcare reform replacement. Ryan believes health reform should include portable tax benefit with auto-enrollment, high-risk pools, medical liability reform, and transparency on price and quality.
Law professor Richard Epstein argues that the healthcare repeal efforts have, "a limited scope and the only thing that turns out to be under the rifle ... is the individual mandate under Obamacare." Attorney John Yoo foresees repeal efforts going to the Supreme Court by the end of the year and turning into a major issue for the 2012 presidential campaign.
Randy E. Barnett, Professor of Legal Theory at the Georgetown University Law Center, discusses the chilling effect President Obama's criticism of the Supreme Court regarding his signature health care legislation.
BBQ, sausage gravy, the female breast ... comedian Lewis Black lists the reasons why he does, and does not, believe in God.
Former Senators Harris Wofford and Rick Santorum contemplate how the recently deceased Ted Kennedy would have influenced the healthcare reform bill in Congress.
Although Santorum says Kennedy was not inclined to compromise, Wofford believes his spirit is "still alive" in D.C.
Will President Obama's healthcare reform act increase healthcare costs, rather than lower them? University of Chicago economist Gary Becker argues that, among other issues in the bill, the health insurance plan now required of uninsured Americans is too generous.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi emphasizes the importance of the Democratic Party's "pay-as-you-go" policy in reducing "heaping mountains of [government] debt." The healthcare reform bill will also work to reduce this debt, Pelosi argues, by $1.3 trillion dollars.
Michael Pollan discusses on Michelle Obama's "really amazing speech" to reform the US food system.
He says, "The way we're growing food is a key to the health care crisis on the one side and climate change and energy crisis on the other side."
Economist Robert Frank calls the current healthcare system a "failed business model" because people must rely on private insurers whose incentives are to exclude individuals who need care from acquiring coverage.
White House health care policy advisor Ezekiel Emanuel argues that technological advancements in health care are ineffectual without "face-to-face, people-to-people, more human" interactions. He says improvement in doctor-patient relationships are needed to improve health care and drive down costs.
Christina Romer discusses the details of the Obama administration's plan for health care reform.
She names incentives for technological advancements and slowing the growth rate in health care costs as some of the reforms proposed by the economic council.
Zeke Emanuel believes the single payer health care system is the "most radical reform on the financing of health care" because it relies on an outdated fee-for-service system, and does not "encourage quality of care."
Health Advisor of the 2008 Barack Obama Presidential campaign E. Richard Brown summarizes Barack Obama's health care plan, which entails a variety of methods including a national health insurance exchange, expanding medicare, and tax credits to help employer contributions.
Adam Posen says implementing universal healthcare may possibly result in economic stimulus, though it would most definitely strain the American healthcare infrastructure due to the increase in consumer demand.
Dr. Thomas Frieden believes that US health care is in a "critical condition" by pointing out that although we spend trillions annually, we still have a relatively low life expectancy.
The main shortcoming, he says, is that the US system isn't "designed to maximize health."
Law professor Richard Epstein discusses the ethical and financial quandary of costly end-of-life care.
He argues that money commonly spent on those at or near their life expectancy would be more wisely spent on prolonging the lives of young people.
Former Chairman of the DNC Howard Dean shares his support for a public option regarding health insurance.
Dean contests that healthcare reform is intrinsically linked to economic recovery. "This is not just about covering the uninsured...this is about rescuing the American economy."
Tom Debley explains Kaiser Permanente co-founder Sidney Garfield's radical vision of total health care, which the doctor presented in 1960.
In his proposal, Dr. Garfield championed preventative care and recommended the implementation of computers to increase efficiency.
Dr. Thomas Frieden, Commissioner of NYC Department of Health, talks about how the ways of payment in our health care system must change.
By "stealing the best ideas" from other countries, focusing on prevention, communicating between electronic health records, Dr. Frieden believes we can improve health care.
Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour crusades against Obama's treatment of entitlements, such as cutting $500 billion from Medicare and allocating it to universal healthcare.
He describes his own successes in cutting spending on such entitlements, citing that Mississippi has the lowest Medicaid eligibility error rate in the U.S.
Health Advisor to the John McCain 2008 Presidential campaign Daniel Kessler summarizes McCain's health care plan, which includes a market based approach with a $2500 tax credit.
Former U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Tommy Thompson and HHS secretary nominee Tom Daschle both advocate for a healthcare system that encourages competition between insurers by creating biddable "pools" of uninsured Americans, including those with preconditions.
Former Republican Senator Rick Santorum says there's no chance Democrats will try to pass a bipartisan bill that's palatable to Republicans. "Liberals in Washington have been waiting for this moment all of their lives," says Santurum. "They are going to try to change this country foundationally from its traditions."
Former Senator Rick Santorum denies accusations from former Senator Harris Wofford that the obstacles facing the Senate healthcare bill is partisan backlash.
Wofford proposes that some aspect of the Republican leadership believes "beating this bill is a way to beat Barack Obama."
Author Tom Debley follows the inception of the American health care debate from 1940 onward.
With a focus on Kaiser Permanente co-founder Sidney Garfield, Debley delves into the concepts of preventative care and community-oriented facilities.
Tommy Thompson and Tom Daschle debate the idea of a universal mandate for healthcare.
Likening health to automobile insurance, Daschle argues healthcare is not a legal right, but a "moral right."
Health advisors from the Obama and McCain campaigns give their perspectives on why the candidates haven't opted for a single payer health system.
E. Richard Brown states Obama's health plan is taking the first step in that direction, while Daniel Kessler believes the majority of Americans don't want it.
Law professor Richard Epstein gets to the reality behind the promises in Congress' healthcare reform bill. Proponents of the bill claim people who are already insured will be able to keep their current plans. This promise, he fears, is a "giant sham."