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Category Archives: Interview

Immigrants and Reform: An Interview with Kara Ryan, the National Council of La Raza

Kara Ryan is a research analyst at the Health Policy Project of the National Council of La Raza. The O’Neill Institute’s Lester Feder spoke with her on March 22. Kara Ryan: We were excited for the House to pass the health reform bill last night. Lester Feder: Well, let me ask you about that, because […]

Everything Relates to Everything Else: An Interview with Sara Rosenbaum

Sara Rosenbaum is Chair of the Department of Health Policy and Harold and Jane Hirsh Professor of Health Law and Policy. The O’Neill Institute’s Lester Feder spoke with her about the way forward after Republican Scott Brown’s election to represent Massachusetts in the US Senate. Lester Feder:  What are the options that Congress has right […]

Reconciling Reconciliation: An Interview with Robert Dove

Robert Dove served as Senate parliamentarian until 2001. The O’Neill Institute’s Lester Feder spoke with him about the reconciliation process and its implications for health reform. Robert Dove: First of all, reconciliation was never designed for something like health care. It’s the reason that it wasn’t used on the original Clinton health-care bill. It’s designed […]

Talking Equity: An Interview with Brian Smedley

Brian Smedley is vice president and director of the Health Policy Institute at the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies. The O’Neill Institute’s Lester Feder spoke with him about health reform and disparities in health-care access. Lester Feder: I wanted to start by asking you what you generally think of the health reform legislation […]

Covering the Chronically Ill: An Interview with John V. Jacobi

John V. Jacobi is Dorothea Dix Professor of Health Law and Policy at the Seton Hall University School of Law. The O’Neill Institute’s Lester Feder spoke with him about health reform and covering those with chronic illness. Lester Feder: Generally speaking, what do you think of what it is looking like we’re going to get […]

An Interview with Sheila Burke

Sheila Burke was chief of staff to former Senator Robert Dole (R-KS), the Republican leader during the Clinton health reform effort. The O’Neill Institute’s Lester Feder spoke with her about what makes this time around different. Lester Feder: Compared to your experience in the ’90s, what do you make of the health reform process so […]

Piloting Delivery Reforms: An Interview with Kenneth E. Thorpe

Kenneth E. Thorpe is chair of the Department of Health Policy and Management at Emory University’s Rollins School of Public Health. The O’Neill Institute’s Lester Feder spoke with him on November 17th about delivery system reforms. Lester Feder: Let me get your general take on the reform process and where we’re headed. Kenneth Thorpe: I […]

Reform’s Hidden Hazards? An Interview with Karen Pollitz

Karen Pollitz is a research professor at the Georgetown University Health Policy Institute. The O’Neill Institute’s Lester Feder spoke with her on November 16 about potential loopholes in reform legislation. Lester Feder: I want to start by asking what you think of the reform proposals that have emerged. Karen Pollitz: I think we’ve got a […]

Connector Conundrums: An Interview With Jamie Katz

Jamie Katz is general counsel to the Massachusetts Connector. The O’Neill Institute’s Lester Feder spoke with him on October 23rd about lessons Massachusetts’ exchange offers for national health reform legislation. Lester Feder: One of the questions for federal lawmakers is how much authority they give to the exchange or exchanges. Has that been challenged in […]

Federalism and Health Reform: An Interview with Alan Weil

Alan Weil is the executive director of the National Academy for State Health Policy. The O’Neill Institute’s Lester Feder spoke with him about federalism and health reform on October 15. Alan Weil: I’m very interested in the federalism aspect. Federalism is sort of a meta-issue, in the sense that the question of the allocation of […]