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The Inside Story Of The Battle For Universal Care

Brandeis Professor Stuart Altman, far right, testifies at a White House roundtable on health care reform in 1999. (Courtesy: AP)

Brandeis Professor Stuart Altman, far right, testifies at a White House roundtable on health care reform in 1999. (Courtesy: AP)

Political intrigue. Sex scandals. Suspense. Not words you’d use to describe the story of the development of America’s health care system, and the cost crisis it now finds itself in … maybe not until you hear the story from a true insider. Someone like Stuart Altman.

Altman, the Brandeis University health policy professor, has advised five U.S. presidents and been witness to the backroom deals and smoke-filled negotiations at some of the most critical turning points in the history of American health care. He tells that history — and its unequivocal impact on where the nation finds itself now — in a new book: “Power, Politics, and Universal Health Care: The Inside Story of a Century Long Battle.”

Guest:

  • Stuart Altman, professor of national health policy, Brandeis University.

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