TOWN HALL Journal is a lively, informative radio magazine, hosted by Emmy and Peabody award-winning broadcast journalist Judy Muller, and presented by Town Hall Los Angeles, Los Angeles’ premier platform for public speaking. Each week, the program draws upon Town Hall speakers past and present for an in-depth look into political, economic and cultural issues affecting the daily lives of Angelenos.
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"The High Cost of Health Care: Who’s to Blame?”

Who’s to blame for the high cost of health care? Doctors? Insurance companies? Wall Street? Or is it us, and our unhealthy lifestyles? No doubt there is plenty of blame to go around, and everyone is pointing fingers at everyone else. Uninsured patients strain the resources of hospitals and clinics. Doctors overbill insurance companies and order unnecessary procedures to make up the difference. Insurance companies? They just keep raising their premiums, all the while dropping policy holders and cutting back on payouts in an effort to satisfy shareholders. With 51 million Americans uninsured, where do we begin if we want to fix the system? This week on Town Hall Journal, we’ll hear some possible solutions from an insurance company insider. And we’ll talk with a former insider who’s made it his mission to pull back the curtain on corporate insurance practices he says are costing us all money.

Town Hall Speaker:
Pam Kehaly, President and General Manager, Anthem Blue Cross California

Wendell Potter, author of ‘Deadly Spin: An Insurance Company Insider Speaks Out on How Corporate PR is Killing Health Care and Deceiving Americans’

Town Hall Vault Speakers:
Samuel Kaplan, President, U.S. Administrators (1984)
Max Fine, Health Benefits Consultant (1986)

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