T. R. Reid will provide a summary and a review of the major provisions of the Patient Protection & Affordable Care Act known as Obamacare. Ried will then provide two different outlooks for Obamacare based on (1) the reelection of Barack Obama and (2) a Mitt Romney victory with a Republican majority in both the House and the Senate. He will also discuss the shortcomings in the American healthcare system compared to other industrialized countries.
Thomas R. Reid, is author of the NY Times bestselling book, The Healing of America: A Global Quest for Better, Cheaper, and Fairer Health Care. The book gives of an overview of health care systems in several different countries and contrasts them with health care model followed in the United States. The countries whose system is discussed are: France, Germany, Japan, the United Kingdom, Canada and a specific example from India. Reid visited all these countries personally and chose them as they exemplify specific kinds of health care system models.
Reid, a Classics major at Princeton University, served as a naval officer, taught, and held various positions before working for The Washington Post. At the Post, he covered congress and four Presidential election campaigns, and was chief of the Post's London and Tokyo bureaus. He has also taught at Princeton and the University of Michigan. Reid is now the Post's Rocky Mountain Bureau Chief. He was the 2007 Kaiser Family Foundation media fellow in health, and he is a member of the boards of the Colorado Coalition for the Homeless and the University of Colorado College of Medicine. Reid has won numerous awards for journalistic excellence during his stellar career.