Commonwealth National Podcast

Zeke Emanuel: Health Care: Scrapping the System to Find the Solution (1/8/2009)


Zeke Emanuel, Chair, Dept. of Bioethics, NIH Clinical Center, National Institutes of Health; Author, Healthcare, Guaranteed
John Diaz, Editorial Page Editor, San Francisco Chronicle - Moderator

No more Band-Aids or patches, says Emanuel; it's time for a complete overhaul of health care as we know it. America spends more than $2 trillion on health care, more than any other developed nation. But money does not guarantee a better system. Instead, 47 million Americans go without insurance. In addition, many people suffer poor health, and often suffer financial difficulties as a result. Emanuel offers a bold new proposal to completely restructure our system, which he says will save money, allow for choice and give all Americans health-care coverage.

This program was recorded in front of a live audience at The Commonwealth Club on January 8, 2009.