Kaiser Family Foundation President, CEO Discusses Health Reform Debate
"19.7," Kaiser Family Foundation: In the column, Kaiser Family Foundation President and CEO Drew Altman discusses a key number -- 19.7 -- to underscore the historic nature of this year's health reform debate. According to Altman, 19.7 is the average number of years between major attempts at health reform since the Truman administration. Altman chronicles the "four major moments of opportunity for health reform from Truman to the present day, as well as other major legislative successes (Medicare and Medicaid) and failures" (former President Jimmy Carter's attempt at cost containment) since World War II. The column is the latest installment of a Foundation series, titled "Pulling It Together ... from Drew Altman" (Kaiser Family Foundation release, 4/17).This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.