Lawmakers in both houses of Congress are meeting this week to craft health care bills that may soon come up for debate. On Wednesday night, Capital Public Radio and the Sacramento Bee held a forum aimed at answering some of the questions about the health care overhaul. The panel of experts and interest groups touched on a number of topics, including fears of watering down current coverage and how to reduce costs.
Click the LISTEN button above to hear an excerpt of the panel’s discussion on a government-run public option.
The moderator is Jeffrey Callison. The panelists you'll hear, in order of appearance, are:
· Daniel Zingale
, who has been at the forefront of public policy innovation in health care reform for more than 20 years, advising both Democratic and Republican efforts at reform.
He is widely credited as architect of California’s 2007 reform effort. He currently serves as Senior Vice President at The California Endowment.
· Garry Maisel
, President and CEO, Western Health Advantage, a local non-profit health care plan. He was the plan’s first employee and has seen it grow to over 80,000 members.
· Carolyn Lewis, Insurance Broker with Rood & Dax Advanced Insurance Services. Carolyn also serves as Treasurer of the Sacramento Assoc. of Health Underwriters.
· Anthony Wright, Executive Director of Health Access California, the statewide health care consumer advocacy coalition. A nationally known consumer advocate, he worked to pass a first-in-the-nation law against hospitals overcharging the uninsured.
· Marian Mulkey, a senior program officer with the California HealthCare Foundation. She works in the foundation's Market & Policy Monitor program promoting greater transparency and accountability in California's health care system.