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The Challenge: 100 Years Of Health Care History In 5 Minutes


Professor Stuart Altman is not just a leading national authority on health care policy, he’s a very good sport. He gracefully accepted my absurd challenge to sum up the last hundred years of American health care policy — which he describes in his new book, “Power, Politics and Universal Health Care” — in just five minutes. See his sound-bite talents in the video above, and please forgive the initial palsy of my camera hand, it passes within seconds.

While I had him, I figured I’d exploit Professor Altman and ask him for his take on cost control efforts and current Massachusetts health care events. I wasn’t quite so strict with the stopwatch this time; he had a luxurious six minutes on this one… Continue reading