August 14th, 2009
As increasing health care costs and a growing number of uninsured Americans puts financial pressure on both individuals and businesses, we’ll return to our ongoing look at the landscape of health care reform. We’ll bring you three different perspectives on the current debate raging across the country during the August Congressional recess. First, we look for ways that the proposed health care bills address preventative care. Then, we’ll compare the Canadian health care system to the current U.S. system with a Canadian doctor and health policy consultant and later, we’ll discuss ways that increasing competition can lower everyone’s health care costs.
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Rich Hamburg is the Director of Government Relations for Trust for America’s Health, a non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to making disease prevention a national priority. He is responsible for strategizing and implementing TFAH’s coalition building and legislative efforts at the federal and state levels. Prior to TFAH, Mr. Hamburg had a number of roles with the American Heart Association (AHA), most recently, as the Director of Government Relations. He also is a past Director of Government Affairs at AHA’s New York City affiliate. Earlier in his career, Mr. Hamburg was Staff Director to Assemblyman Denis J. Butler in the New York State Assembly, where he was responsible for drafting and implementing legislation.
Dr. Rachlis practices as a private consultant in health policy analysis. He has consulted to the federal government, all ten provincial governments, and two royal commissions. He also holds associate professor appointments with the University of Toronto and the Dalla Lana School of Public Health. Dr. Rachlis has lectured widely on health care issues and been invited to make presentations to committees of the Canadian House of Commons and the Canadian Senate as well as the United States House of Representatives and Senate. He’s also the author of three national bestsellers about Canada’s health care system, most recently, Prescription for Excellence: How Innovation is Saving Canada’s Health Care System.
Michael Tanner, Senior Fellow, Cato Institute; Author, Healthy Competition: What’s Holding Back Health Care and How to Free It
Michael Tanner heads research into a variety of domestic policies with a particular emphasis on health care reform, social welfare policy, and Social Security. His most recent book, Leviathan on the Right: How Big-Government Conservatism Brought Down the Republican Revolution, chronicles the demise of the Republican party as it has shifted away from its limited government roots. Before joining Cato in 1993, Tanner served as director of research of the Georgia Public Policy Foundation and as legislative director for the American Legislative Exchange Council.
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