Stuart Altman: Power, Politics, and Universal Health Care

Conversations with History: Power Politics and Universal Health Care with Stuart Altman

Stuart Altman; Sol C. Chaikin Professor of National Health Policy at The Florence Heller Graduate School for Social Policy, Brandeis University

Conversations host Harry Kreisler welcomes Stuart Altman for a discussion of the struggle to reform healthcare in the U.S. Altman traces his intellectual odyssey and recalls his long term involvement in national policymaking. In his reflections, he considers the successes and failures of reform in the context of U.S. political culture and history. Analyzing efforts by Presidents from Roosevelt to Obama, he highlights the twin goals of cost reduction and universal access. He concludes with an examination of the Obama plan speculating on the future of cost control. In his conclusion, he offers advice to students on how to prepare for the future.

Key Words: Economists, Health Policy, Politics, Health Care
Stuart Altman
Publication date: 
March 22, 2012
Publication type: 
Conversations with History