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Fresh Medicine: How to Fix, Reform and Build a Sustainable Healthcare System

Thursday, February 24, 2011, 8:30am - 9:30am
The Crawford Family Forum 474 South Raymond Avenue Pasadena, CA 91105 Map and directions

Drucker Business Forum and KPCC present Philip Bredesen in conversation with David Lazarus.

Philip Bredesen is the former Democratic governor of Tennessee. Before being elected governor in 2002, and reelected in 2006, he was mayor of Nashville, and prior to that the founder and CEO of HealthAmerica Corporation, a public managed care company. Bredesen graduated from Harvard in 1967 with a bachelor’s degree in physics.

In Fresh Medicine, Bredesen opens with a critical and disarming examination of the new reform. He cites the addition of more than 30 million more people into an obsolete broken system as critical to its failure, and suggests little has been done to address underlying problems. Rather than providing real solutions, he argues that Congress and the Obama Administration are simply adding layers of bureaucracy and complexity to an already failing system. He maintains that a basic level of health care should be a universal right for all citizens and that without dealing with the tough problems—cost, sustainability, and quality—true reform will continue to elude us.

David Lazarus is a business and consumer columnist for the Los Angeles Times. He joined the paper in August 2007. He is also a frequent substitute host on both AirTalk with Larry Mantle and also the Patt Morrison Show on KPCC.

7:45am - Breakfast
8:30am - Program (followed by book signing)