President Obama, America's Doctors and Healthcare Reform
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President Obama was interrupted many times by applause today in a speech asking the American Medical Association for help in enacting healthcare reform. He included a pitch for the so-called “public option” to compete with private insurance. We get a progress report and the prospects for reducing skyrocketing medical costs. On an extended Reporter's Notebook, a half-million Iranians defied a ban on political protest today. They were allowed to hear from the official loser in last week's election. We hear from Tehran and Washington.
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President Obama, America's Doctors and Healthcare Reform ()
The American Medical Association applauded today when the President said doctors are rewarded for the quantity of the care they provide, not the quality. They also applauded when he said that doctors were forced to provide more care — and charge more — than they need to, turning a "calling" into a business. But applause may or may not result in support for a so-called "public option" to private insurance. We get a progress report on healthcare reform and the prospects for reducing skyrocketing medical costs.
- Noam Levey: Reporter, Los Angeles Times, @NoamLevey
- Uwe Reinhardt: Professor of Political Economics, Princeton University, @uwejreinhardt
- Ray Gibbons: Cardiologist, Mayo Clinic
- Michael Langberg: Chief Medical Officer, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
Iranians in Uproar as Ahmadinejad Wins Election ()
Despite three days of violent repression, political protesters defied a ban and gathered today by the tens of thousands in downtown Tehran. Iran's supreme leader called for investigating last week's controversial vote count. Is real change in store? What's the role of the military?
- Borzou Daragahi: Middle East Correspondent, Los Angeles Times, @borzou
- Massimo Calabresi: White House Correspondent, Time magazine
- Reza Aslan: Columnist, Daily Beast, @rezaaslan
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