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Recorded Broadcast from the National Press Club, Washington, D.C.
November 20, 2008
45 minutes

Discuss health care reform and this event.

Reforming health care is among American voters' top issues. To ensure all children and more American adults receive affordable health care coverage and high quality health care at the right time in the right place, we will need to work together, children's hospitals and adult hospitals, employers and insurers, pharmacies and pharmaceutical companies, national and local policy makers, large and small business, government and consumers.

NACHRI understands this approach to health care reform as does global professional services company PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC). Together, NACHRI and PwC produced this broadcast program.

Event Moderator & Panelists

Susan Dentzer, editor-in-chief of Health Affairs and health correspondent of The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, moderated a panel of health care experts, economists and lawmakers as they discussed President-elect Obama's health care reform proposals.


  • Alice Rivlin, Senior Fellow, Metropolitan Policy Program and Economic Studies Director, Greater Washington Research at Brookings Institution
  • U.S. Rep. Michael C. Burgess, M.D (R-TX)
  • U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR)
  • R. Bruce Josten, Executive Vice President, Government Affairs, U.S. Chamber of Commerce
  • Edwin K. Zechman, Jr., President and CEO of Children's National Medical Center and Chairman of the NACHRI and N.A.C.H. Boards of Trustees
  • Chris Jennings, President of Jennings Policy Strategies,
  • David Levy, M.D., Principal, Health Advisory Services, PricewaterhouseCoopers
About Health Care Reform

In conjunction with the national event, NACHRI and PricewaterhouseCoopers polled Americans and health care industry leaders. Both groups polled want health care reform legislation passed in president-elect Obama's first term. However when it comes to the issue most important to these groups, American consumers identify reducing health care costs as their first priority while health care industry leaders want to expand health care coverage.

Both groups agree that providing health insurance to all uninsured children is important and within reach through expansion of public programs like Medicaid and the State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP).

View more resources on health care reform, including analysis of President-elect Obama's plan, N.A.C.H.'s proposal and principles for health care reform, and results from new polls on public and industry priorities on health care.  

Event Information for:
  • Congress
  • Media
  • Local Events

    In dozens of cities across the nation, the broadcast was viewed by community audiences brought together by children's hospitals and PwC offices. Following the national broadcast, local town hall meetings addressed the opportunities and challenges of health care reform at the community level.

    Children's Hospitals with Local Events

    All Children's Hospital, Inc. St. Petersburg, FL
    Children's Hospital Boston, Boston, MA
    Childrens Hospital of Los Angeles, CA
    Children's Hospital of Michigan, Detroit, MI
    Children's Hospital and Research Center Oakland, CA
    Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA
    Children's Medical Center of Dallas, TX
    Children's Memorial Hospital, Chicago, IL
    Lucille Packard Children's Hospital, Palo Alto, CA
    Miami Children's Hospital, Miami, FL
    Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital of New York-Presbyterian, New York, NY
    Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital, Cleveland, OH
    Seattle Children's, Seattle, WA

    For more information, contact Norida Torriente.