30 Issues in 30 Days is our election year series on the important issues facing the country this election year. Today: The relationship between the federal government and the health care industry. Visit the 30 Issue home page for all the conversations.
Two guys, the same illness, the same treatment - two very different results.
In choosing Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan as his running mate, Mitt Romney is putting the fate of much of the American healthcare system at the top of this year's political agenda. In the New York metro area, where healthcare is a dominant industry and an expensive proposition for consumers and taxpayers, whichever policy prevails will be uniquely felt.
Robert H. Frank, The New York Times writer of “Economic View,” Cornell economics professor, and author of The Darwin Economy: Liberty, Competition, and the Common Good, looks at how health insurance has evolved in the U.S. and what the Supreme Court's decision means for the future.
This decision completely alters the narrative of Obama’s presidency. This legislative achievement was the policy priority where the president chose to invest his significant post-election political capital with a Democratic Congress. It wasn't Social Security. It wasn't the tax code. It wasn't immigration reform. It was health care.
And the Supreme Court has let him keep it.
Jonathan Weisman, reporter at The Wall Street Journal, explains Budget Committee Chair Paul Ryan's plan, just unveiled this morning on Capitol Hill.
One year ago today, President Obama signed the federal health care legislation into law. “Today we are affirming that essential truth, a truth every generation is called to rediscover for itself, that we are not a nation that scales back its aspirations,” Obama said at the bill signing.
But in the twelve months after its passage, "scale back" has been the name of the game in the rhetoric around the new law, whether in GOP-led efforts to the bill, in two pivotal court decisions, or in the president's own support for giving states more flexibility. But through it all, the health insurance overhaul remains intact and continues to incrementally roll out into the lives of Americans.
—Ezra Klein, columnist at The Washington Post and Newsweek, talking about health care reform on the Brian Lehrer Show.