What role will the issue of health care reform play in the 2008 presidential election? How would the candidates control rising health costs and cover the uninsured, and how will the economic downturn affect efforts to expand access? Would the candidates’ reform proposals fix the health system’s flaws? What lessons can be drawn from previous health care reform efforts?

Join representatives from the Clinton, Obama and McCain presidential campaigns to tackle these and other questions at a Tuesday, May 13 briefing highlighting the May/June issue of Health Affairs, which focuses on health reform. Susan Dentzer, the journal’s Editor-in-Chief, will moderate the briefing, which will take place from 8:45 AM until noon at the Willard Hotel. Leading political pollsters Celinda Lake and Bill McInturff will discuss the prospects for health reform. Congressional Budget Office Director Peter Orszag and Jason Furman of the Brookings Institution will examine the potential of different strategies, from tax credits to individual mandates, to reduce costs and improve quality and access.

Representing the Clinton campaign will be Jeanne Lambrew, an informal adviser to the campaign. Senior policy adviser Douglas Holtz-Eakin will represent the McCain campaign, and senior adviser David Blumenthal will represent the Obama campaign. 

The briefing and the May/June 2008 issue of Health Affairs are supported by a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Copies of the journal will be available at the briefing.

WHEN:       Tuesday, May 13, 2008, 8:45 a.m. – noon

WHERE:     Willard InterContinental Hotel [Metro Center]
                   1401 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
                   Washington, D.C

RSVP:        Click here to RSVP for this event. If you have any questions, contact Susan Monheit at smonheit@burnesscommunications or 301-652-1558.