Mar 01, 2010

Prof. Rodwin and other health policy experts back President Obama's healthcare reform

Victor Rodwin, professor of health policy and management at the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service at New York University, is one of the cosigners of a public letter to President Barack Obama and members of Congress, calling for passage of the president's comprehensive overhaul of the nation's health care system.

"Our health care system is in crisis," the letter begins. At another point it adds, "the only workable process at this point is to use the President's proposal to finish the job."

Among the cosigners are Daniel Kahneman, Nobel laureate and behavioral economist; David Cutler and Len Nichols, who have advised Congress on health policy in the past year; Theda Skocpol, political scientist; Henry Aaron of The Brookings Institution; and Paul Starr, author of a Pulitzer Prize-winning history of medical care.

The letter was drafted in late February after the nationally televised health care summit led by President Obama showed the deep divide between Republicans and Democrats on the issue of health care reform.

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