Health care reform 2009
Since Theodore Roosevelt first called for national health insurance nearly a century ago, the United States has regularly attempted to reform the country's medical system. Now the federal government is taking another shot, but this one boldly hopes to tackle cost, access and quality all in one. University of Minnesota health care experts available for media are:
Roger Feldman, University of Minnesota School of Public Health professor
Feldman says that since things are changing so rapidly and the issues are so complex, it is difficult to sort through the facts. Though looking at the details he says health mandates will be a divisive issue and that employer pay is “very likely.” Feldman's research covers the organization, financing and delivery of health care with a focus on health insurance.
Stephen Parente, professor of finance at the University of Minnesota's Carlson School of Management
An expert in health care policy, Parente is currently consulting with members of Congress on the reform. Last fall he served as a senior health policy advisor to presidential candidate John McCain.
To interview one of the experts, contact the University News Service, (612) 624-5551.