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

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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...

And for far more professional videography, here he is recently on PBS.

This program aired on January 13, 2012. The audio for this program is not available.

Carey Goldberg Twitter Editor, CommonHealth
Carey Goldberg is the editor of WBUR's CommonHealth section.