ANCHOR LEAD: BRINGING ATTENTION TO HEALTHCARE ISSUES IN THIS ELECTION IS IMPORTANT, ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS
Presidential hopefuls on both sides of the fence seem focused on lots of issues: the war in Iraq, the housing crisis, looming recession. Yet William Brody, president of Johns Hopkins, says there’s one overriding reason that healthcare issues must come to the fore.
BRODY: Because we’re running out of the ability to pay for it, in fact, the recession is just going to make matters worse. The recession is going to shove another few million people into the ranks of the uninsured. The employers are going to look and say, wait a minute, my healthcare costs went up 7% last year, we can’t afford this so we’ll shift more of the burden to the employees. It’s a huge issue and the economics are just going in the wrong direction, and Medicare is going to run out of money, so you look at all those things and you say, whoops, we can’t do this. :28
Brody says concerned citizens everywhere must demand to hear what the candidates propose with regard to healthcare reform, and that they enter into meaningful dialogue on the issue. I’m Elizabeth Tracey reporting.