Reforming the way health care is paid for and delivered in the United States is serious business. It deserves an equally serious discussion
rising above partisanship and hot air. 

Join Health Affairs, the nation’s leading health policy journal,
for a special conference on Key Issues in Health Reform: Fact vs. Fiction.

WHEN: Thursday August 20, 2009 – 8:30 am to 12:00 pm
WHERE: National Press Club, Washington DC


  • What exactly is the U.S. government’s role in health care and how might it change under health reform?
  • What are the implications of slowing the rate of growth in Medicare spending and what would the impact be on beneficiaries?
  • End of Life Health Care: How the issues really look to the people and providers who live it.


  • Welcoming remarks from former Surgeon Generals C. Everett Koop and Richard Carmona
  • Len Nichols, Director, Health Policy Program, New America Foundation
  • Gail Wilensky, Senior Fellow, Project HOPE and former head of HCFA
  • C. Eugene Steuerle, Vice President, Peter G. Peterson Foundation
  • Christine Cassel, MD, President, American Board of Internal Medicine
  • Diane E. Meier, MD, Director, Center to Advance Palliative Care, Mount Sinai School of Medicine
  • Darrell Kirch, M.D., Persident and Chief Executive Officer, Association of American Medical Colleges
  • Joshi Maulik, President, Health Research and Educational Trust, and Senior Vice President of Research, American Hospital Association
  • Jerald Winakur, MD, University of Texas Health Science Center/San Antonio, Noted Author of “What Are We Going To Do With Dad,” Health Affairs  Narrative Matters essay, and Memory Lessons: A Doctor’s Story (Hyperion Books)

RSVP online here. For questions, contact Debbie Boylan,