If there was a brief era of good feelings on health care reform, it’s sure history now.
President Obama came out swinging in a White House press conference yesterday and made his case for urgent action. And on Capitol Hill, the sausage-making is well underway — lawmakers sparring over down-and-dirty details of public vs. private plans, mind-boggling cost estimates, and the government's ultimate role.
The president says the time to act is now or never. Will Washington pull it together?
This hour, On Point: Inside the sausage factory as health care reform gets serious.
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Joining us from Ann Arbor, Michigan, is Jonathan Cohn, a senior editor at The New Republic and author of the magazine's health care blog, The Treatment. He's also a senior fellow at the think tank Demos and author of the 2007 book "Sick: The Untold Story of America's Health Care Crisis - and the People Who Pay the Price."
And from Washington, we're joined by Gail Wilensky, economist and senior fellow at Project HOPE, an international health education foundation, and recently served on the World Health Organization’s Commission on the Social Determinants of Health. She was an adviser to John McCain’s 2008 presidential campaign and a contributor to the McCain health care plan.
This program aired on June 24, 2009.