Dr. David Blumenthal of Harvard’s Institute for Health Policy is one of Obama’s health policy advisors. Check out the Institute’s website for details. You’ll hear echoes of last night’s speech.
Dr. Blumenthal, founding director of IHP, and Dr. (James) Morone, chairman and professor of political science at Brown University, analyzed recently-released tapes of President Lyndon Johnson’s conversations in the Oval Office and other archival materials concerning the Medicare and Medicaid legislation. Drs. Blumenthal and Morone argue that President Johnson played a larger role in securing passage of this landmark legislation than historians previously believed, and they outline lessons from Johnson’s experience for today’s leaders.