ANA CEO Takes Part in Interview Series on Health System Reform and Prospects for Change with the Next President and Congress

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09/17/08
Linda J. Stierle, MSN, RN, CNAA,BC, Chief Executive Officer of the American Nurses Association took part in the health08.org Kaiser Family Foundation interview series Viewpoints: The Health Care Debate with various leaders of organizations representing health care providers, insurers, policymakers, employers, labor unions and consumers sharing her views on shortcomings in the nation's health care system and how it could be improved.

“Comprehensive health care reform is one of the most pressing issues facing the nation today. Lack of health security and access to affordable health care should be a priority for the incoming administration, especially since there are 47 million people uninsured in the U.S.,” said ANA Chief Executive Officer Linda J. Stierle, MSN, RN, CNAA,BC.

With the general election campaign entering its final two months, health08.org, the Kaiser Family Foundation’s Web site for election news, analysis and events, is presenting seven additional interviews with health care leaders exploring what they think the next President and Congress should do to make the health system work more effectively and what they think the biggest hurdles are to improving health care.

In these new interviews, Kaiser’s Jackie Judd talks with leaders from the American Academy of Family Physicians, and the Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease. Upcoming interviews are with the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American College of Cardiology, the American Hospital Association and the National Women’s Law Center.

These new interviews build on the collection of nearly 20 earlier conversations with leaders from a range of influential organizations representing health care providers, insurers, policymakers, employers, labor unions and consumers as part of the series, Viewpoints: The Health Care Debate. Four highlight videos compiling leaders’ views on access to health care coverage, affordability, private vs. public plans and the potential for change from the first set of interviews in the series are also available.

The series covers a variety of health care issues including covering the 47 million uninsured Americans, reducing health care costs, improving access to care, enhancing the quality of health care and changing the tax structure to allow more people to purchase their own insurance.

Webcasts and podcasts of the interviews and highlight videos can be accessed on health08.org and on the Foundation’s YouTube page.

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