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Former Senate Majority Leader, Princeton Economist Joust on Future of Health Care
Date:5/16/2008

tly used to treat our veterans. "Don't we like our veterans?"

With a safety net already in place for the impoverished and seniors, Reinhardt advocated focusing on the working poor -- families earning between $20,000 and $50,000 a year.

"Healthcare currently for family of four costs about $15,500 a year. The problem is that one in four workers makes less than $22,000 a year," he said. "This doesn't really compute. We've never helped hard-working people who make our lives so comfortable."

Frist, who insisted that, "God created economists for one reason: to make the weather forecasters look good," unveiled a series of predictions for the future of healthcare in America:

-- "The transformation in health care must be private sector-driven and

should be patient-centered, provider-friendly and consumer-driven."

-- "The goal is affordable healthcare for every single American ... we

can't have a nation as rich as we are today and deny affordability."

-- "This needs to be driven by 21st Century information, driven by choice,

to drive higher quality and lower costs."

Frist closed, adding: "What this country needs is more unemployed politicians -- and economists."

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