Is the patient stable, improving, or failing? What are the chances of survival for a nation divided on health reform?
As we enter into what will be the next big stretch of our nation’s effort to reform the health care system, Action Speaks looks back on Hillary Clinton’s 1993 Healthcare Taskforce. What can past failures teach us about the present stakes, struggles, and special interests in the health care arena? Can this historical precedent offer us any clues in our search for long-term solutions?
Dr. Joseph Chazan, MD is the President and founder of Nephrology Associates, Inc., an actively practicing Nephrologist, and the Executive General Manager of American Renal Associates, Inc. for RI and S.E. Mass. Chazan is a Clinical Professor of Medicine (Emeritus) at Brown University’s Warren Alpert School of Medicine.
T.R. Reid is the author of nine books including the current bestseller The Healing of America: A Global Quest for Better, Cheaper, and Fairer Health Care. Reid has taught at Princeton University and the University of Michigan; he has served as an expert advisor to many organizations both local and national. A former correspondent for the Washington Post and frequent commentator on NPR, Reid has written and hosted documentary films for National Geographic TV, PBS Frontline, and the A&E network. Two of his creations, A Second Opinion and Sick Around the World are critical examinations of the current health care system.
Theda Skocpol, Ph.D. is a sociologist and political scientist at Harvard University. She has served as Dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and gained recognition for her work on civic participation, including Boomerang: Clinton’s Health Security Effort and The Turn Against Government in U.S. Politics. Skocpol was the recipient of the prestigious 2007 Johan Skytte Prize in Political Science.
Frontline: Sick Around the World
This relevant documentary was aired on RIPBS as part of Action Speaks’ programming during the Fall 2009 recording season.