The Health 202 Live
The United States has the highest per-capita costs for medical care in the world. In fact, Americans of all political parties consistently cite medical expenditures as their top health care concern. But as the public debate around health care continues to center on increasing access to insurance coverage, other factors that may be driving up costs are being ignored.
On Wednesday, June 20, Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex M. Azar II sat down for an in-depth interview at Washington Post Live about today’s top health issues including his plans for lowering drug prices, Medicare payment reform and expanding the availability of lower-cost insurance options. Other speakers included: Sen. Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) and Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-La.), members of the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions; and former FDA Commissioner David A. Kessler, MD.
Containing Costs: A View From Capitol Hill
Two key senators examine the latest proposals to reduce the cost of health care and discuss how to keep costs in check over the long term.
Sen. Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) and Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-La.) examine the latest proposals to reduce the cost of health care for Americans.
Sen. Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) and Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-La.) discuss the future of the Affordable Care Act and insurance coverage in America.
Sen. Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) describes his proposed bill called Medicare X, and why he thinks it's more realistic than a "Medicare for all" policy.
Sens. Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) and Bill Cassidy (R-La.) reacted after President Trump signed an executive order ending his administration’s policy of separating migrant families at the United States -Mexico border.
Sen. Michael Bennet (D-Colo.)
Member, U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions; U.S. Senate Committee on Finance
Sen. Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) has represented Colorado in the United States Senate since 2009. He is a member of the Senate Committees on Finance; Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP); and Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry. As Colorado's U.S. Senator, Michael has pushed for investments in clean energy that create jobs and help break our reliance on overseas oil; fought to uphold our commitment to Colorado's veterans and military families; and fought to preserve Colorado's rich agricultural tradition underpinned by our family farmers and ranchers.
Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-La.)
Member, U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions; U.S. Senate Committee on Finance
Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-La.) is a Senator from Louisiana. For nearly three decades, Cassidy has provided care for uninsured and under-insured patients in Louisiana’s charity hospital system. During this time, he co-founded the Greater Baton Rouge Community Clinic, a clinic providing free dental and health care to the working uninsured. He also created a private-public partnership to vaccinate 36,000 greater Baton Rouge area children against Hepatitis B and in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, he led a group of health care volunteers to convert an abandoned KMart building into an emergency health care facility.
Moderated by Colby Itkowitz
Colby Itkowitz is a health reporter for The Washington Post.
Pricing Pain: The Cost of Chronic Disease
A spotlight on the role chronic disease plays in driving up health-care spending and how preventative care, lifestyle improvements and better nutrition can help.
Former U.S. Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Dr. David A. Kessler and former New York University Professor of Nutrition, Food Studies and Public Health Dr. Marion Nestle look at the role chronic disease plays in driving up health-care spending and how preventative care, lifestyle improvements and better nutrition can help.
Former U.S. Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Dr. David A. Kessler discusses the issue of obesity in America saying, "I think we have failed in giving nutritional advice to people."
Former U.S. Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Dr. David A. Kessler and former New York University Professor of Nutrition, Food Studies and Public Health Dr. Marion Nestle discuss the intersection of corporate health and public health.
David A. Kessler, MD
Former Commissioner, U.S. Food and Drug Administration
From 1981 to 1984 Dr. David A. Kessler served as a consultant for the U.S. Senate Committee on Labor and Human Resources, and from 1982 to 1984 he was special assistant to the president of Montefiore Medical Center in New York. Kessler then went on to serve as medical director of the Hospital of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine from 1984 until President Bush appointed him as FDA commissioner in December of 1990. He officially left his FDA position in Feburary, 1997.
Marion Nestle, PhD
Professor of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health, Emerita, New York University
Marion Nestle is Paulette Goddard Professor, of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health, Emerita, at New York University, which she chaired from 1988-2003 and from which she officially retired in September 2017. From 1986-88, she was senior nutrition policy adviser in the Department of Health and Human Services and editor of the 1988 Surgeon General’s Report on Nutrition and Health. She is also Visiting Professor of Nutritional Sciences at Cornell. Her forthcoming book, "Unsavory Truth: How Food Companies Skew the Science of What We Eat," is set to release in October, 2018.
Moderated by Mary Beth Albright
Mary Beth Albright is the food anchor for The Washington Post.
One-on-One with the Health and Human Services Secretary
An in-depth discussion with Health and Human Services Secretary Alex M. Azar II about reducing health care costs, Medicare payment reform, lowering prescription drug prices and expanding access to lower-cost insurance.
The Washington Post’s Paige Winfield Cunningham speaks one-on-one with Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar about reducing health-care costs, Medicare payment reform, lowering prescription drug prices and expanding access to lower-cost insurance. Secretary Azar also answered questions about United States immigration policy and President Trump's executive order ending family separation at the U.S.-Mexico border.
Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar confirmed to The Washington Post during a June 20 interview that he visited a migrant children detention facility, but wouldn't say where or when.
Health and Human Services Alex Azar warns migrant parents who wanted to remain with their children, "don't come across the border illegally.”
Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar responded to President Trump's executive order ending the administration's policy of separating migrant families at the United States-Mexico border.
Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said his agency is "working aggressively" to place migrant children who were separated from their families at the United States-Mexico border with sponsors.
Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar responded to reports that the Trump administration lost track of thousands of migrant children separated from their families at the United States-Mexico border.
Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar says percentage of the GDP spent on healthcare in the United States is "too high."
Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar discusses his department's proposals to reduce drug prices and how he is working with President Trump to drive the agenda forward.
Alex M. Azar II
Secretary of Health and Human Services
Alex M. Azar II was sworn in as the Secretary of Health and Human Services on Jan. 29, 2018. Azar has spent his career working in both the public and private sectors, as an attorney and in senior leadership roles focused on advancing healthcare reform, research and innovation. From 2001 to 2007, Azar served at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services – first as its General Counsel (2001–2005) and then as Deputy Secretary.
Interviewed by Paige Winfield Cunningham
Paige Winfield Cunningham is a health policy reporter and author of “The Health 202” Newsletter for The Washington Post.
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President and CEO of Blue Cross Blue Shield Association Scott P. Serota moderates a conversation about how technology combined with a personal touch is uncovering community solutions and improving health for patients fighting chronic disease.
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