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Brandeis Professor Stuart Altman, far right, testifies at a White House roundtable on health care reform in 1999. (Courtesy: AP)
Brandeis Professor Stuart Altman, far right, testifies at a White House roundtable on health care reform in 1999. (Courtesy: AP)

Political intrigue. Sex scandals. Suspense. Not words you'd use to describe the story of the development of America's health care system, and the cost crisis it now finds itself in ... maybe not until you hear the story from a true insider. Someone like Stuart Altman.

Altman, the Brandeis University health policy professor, has advised five U.S. presidents and been witness to the backroom deals and smoke-filled negotiations at some of the most critical turning points in the history of American health care. He tells that history — and its unequivocal impact on where the nation finds itself now — in a new book: "Power, Politics, and Universal Health Care: The Inside Story of a Century Long Battle."

Guest:

  • Stuart Altman, professor of national health policy, Brandeis University.

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This program aired on November 3, 2011.

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