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Where Do We Go From Here On Health Care?

by Laural Porter

Posted on September 12, 2009 at 12:48 AM

Updated Wednesday, Nov 4 at 2:43 PM

President Obama tried to reframe the debate on health care with his speech this week to Congress.
Did he move the needle on the debate? Are we any closer to seeing reform?

Join me Saturday night at 6:30pm for "Straight Talk" with my guests;experts in the medical arena.

My first guests are former CNN medical correspondent and freelance health journalist, Andrew Holtz; and Liz Baxter, the executive director of the Archimedes Movement.
That's the grassroots organization founded by former Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber in 2006.

Holtz and Baxter discuss what the President's speech may have achieved.

They also examine the proposal for mandatory medical insurance and what that may mean for Americans.
They weigh in on the public health care option and alternatives the President mentioned in his speech.

Then in our second segment, join me for a fascinating discussion with best selling author T.R. Reid.

His new book "The Healing of America:A Global Quest For Better,Cheaper,And Fairer Health Care" has been on the New York Times bestseller list for two weeks.

Reid compares health care systems abroad with the health care system in the U-S, and points out elements he thinks could work here.

Join me Saturday night at 6:30pm and leave your comments here.
Thank you for watching and let's keep talking.