President Obama sent a strong message this week at his White House health care summit, saying his goal is to enact comprehensive health care reform by the end of this year. He said every option should be on the table, except for the status quo, and vowed that “those who seek to block any reform at all, any reform at any costs, will not prevail this time around.”
Strong words in the face of a fierce battle that lies ahead.
More than 100 people were invited to the summit, including some industry lobbyists who have killed previous reform efforts. Mister Obama welcomed them but also sent a warning signal to everyone in the room, saying: “I want to be very clear, at the outset, that while everybody has a right to take part in this discussion, nobody has the right to take it over and dominate.
Until he took his name out of the running for Surgeon General, Dr. Sanjay Gupta could have been part of the White House reform effort.
Here at 360, we’re of course thrilled that Sanjay has decided to remain part of the CNN family – and we’re putting him right to work.
Starting on Monday, Sanjay will begin five days of health care reports for us. He’s spent the last three months focusing on the ideas in play in the Obama administration. He’s talked with President Obama at length about the issues – and will bring this insight to our health care series.
His first report on Monday will focus on the major reform that’s already happened in Massachusetts, which implemented universal health care in 2006. Employers are required to provide coverage; uninsured individuals are required to buy it and the government provides the necessary subsidies (and expands Medicare for the poor). So how is it working?
Sanjay will take us inside the bold experiment in Massachusetts for a progress report.
See you Monday at 10 p.m. eastern!
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