LinkPad: 42 and 44 Talk Health Care

Earlier this week, Hillary Clinton introduced “Number 42,” Former President Bill Clinton, and “Number 44,” President Barack Obama, to share the Clinton Global Initiative’s stage and talk health care reform. The conversation focused on the history of U.S. health policy, and the next steps in bringing quality care to patients across the country. This week’s LinkPad explores the relationship between these two leaders and their impact on current U.S. health care policy.

  • The Hill’s Healthwatch discusses Former President Clinton’s prediction that the public will embrace health care reform once the law fully goes into effect and they have first-hand experience with the benefits.
  • In an interview with PBS Newshour, Former President Clinton compared the Affordable Care Act’s rollout to the implementation of Medicare Part D, a now-popular prescription drug benefit that faced fierce opposition when first passed.
  • For the Washington Post, Philip Rucker takes readers on a journey through time, examining the relationship between Clinton and Obama on health care policy.
  • Just days before the health insurance marketplaces open, Kaiser Health News highlights new reports demonstrating that average premiums will be lower than projected.
  • The New York Times reports on Former President Bill Clinton’s conversation with President Obama on the rollout of the Affordable Care Act.

During the Clinton Global Initiative talk, President Obama made two striking statements about the importance of health care. First, he emphasized that the intimacy of health care decisions have a strong effect on public perception of health policy. Second, in response to his prioritization of health care reform, the President remarked, “Health care is the economy.” These two seemingly at-odds points bring to light the complex nature of health care—it is personal and communal, local and global, and it touches every aspect of our lives. Keep tuning in as we continue to talk about these policies and their impact on the economy, and patients in the U.S. and around the world.