On October 11, 2012, Stuart Altman commented on the myths and facts of health care reform discussed in the Massachusetts senatorial debate: “Brown-Warren Debate Fact Check.”
On September 27, 2012, Stuart Altman’s participation in a new report regarding health reform as well as his comments on health reform on the 2012 election were featured on WBUR’s CommonHealth blog: “Snapshot of Obama, Romney Care From Guys Who Were There.”
On September 22, 2012, Stuart Altman was quoted in The Plain Dealer of Cleveland, Ohio, regarding changes in health care delivery systems: “Medical billing, a world of hurt: Costs rise for patients on high deductible insurance plans as hospital health centers replace private practice doctors.”
On September 20, 2012, Rob Mechanic’s and Stuart Altman’s October Health Affairs article, “The New Era Of Payment Reform, Spending Targets, And Cost Containment In Massachusetts: Early Lessons For The Nation,” was the subject of an article on WBUR’s CommonHealth blog: “In A New Era OF Payment Reform, Early Lessons From Mass.”
On June 28, 2012, Stuart Altman discussed the ruling of the U.S. Supreme Court on health care legislation as a participant on the NPR Program, “On Point.
On March 26, 2012, Stuart Altman was quoted in The Salt Lake Tribune discussing Mitt Romney’s health care plan: “Romney’s health care law may prove mandate works.”
On March 20, 2012, Stuart Altman was quoted in BusinessWeek discussing health care reform and presidential politics: “Obama, Romney talk little about health care laws.”
On March 17, 2012, Stuart Altman was quoted in the Boston Globe discussing health care reform and presidential politics: “Obama, Romney sweep health care laws under a rug.”
On February 23, 2012, Stuart Altman was quoted in USA Today commenting on health care reform and its effect on the 2012 election: “Swing states poll: Health care law hurts Obama in 2012.”
On November 26, 2011, Stuart Altman discussed presidential politics in the Boston Globe article, “Romney’s Medicare plan short on details.”
Stuart Altman talked about a new plan for slowing the growth in health care spending in the November 4, 2011 Boston Globe article, “Proposal may reduce health cost increases.”
Stuart Altman discussed his new book, “Power, Politics and Universal Health Care: The Inside Story of a Century Long Battle,” on WBUR’s Radio Boston on November 3, 2011.
Stuart Altman published an editorial, “Obama and Romney Health Plans: Both Borrowed From Richard Nixon,” special to CNN, on October 25, 2011.
On October 17, 2011, Stuart Altman discussed the Massachusetts model for global payments in the New York Times article, “Massachusetts Tries to Rein in Its Health Costs.”
Stuart Altman placed in Modern Healthcare’s 100 Most Influential People in Healthcare for the eighth time in 2011.
Professor Altman was quoted in two articles about health care reform in Massachusetts: a January 25, 2011 Daily Finance article, “Is healthcare reform working in Massachusetts?,” and an April 11, 2011 article in the Boston Herald, “5 years later, Romneycare still bone of contention.”
Stuart Altman was quoted in a March 13, 2011 Boston Globe article, “Pay may be hot issue, but other factors push harder on health costs.”
Stuart Altman was named among Modern Healthcare’s 100 Most Powerful People in Healthcare for 2010. This is the 7th time he has received this honor.
Stuart Altman gave commentary on health care reform to NPR (“Mass. Residents Will See Little Change Under National Health Plan,” March 23, 2010) and was a guest on the Conversations on Health Care radio show (“Meeting the future demands under health care reform,” April 14, 2010).
WBUR interviewed Stuart Altman for its April 7, 2010 story, “Rising Medical Costs At Heart Of Insurance Standoff,” about the rate dispute between health insurers and Mass. Governor Deval Patrick’s administration. The interview was also quoted in a story on NPR’s Health blog, “Massachusetts Insurance Dispute Goes to Court,” on April 8, 2010.
Stuart Altman was quoted in a March 26, 2010 Boston Globe story, “Chain’s CEO vows deal will help it lower costs,” about the pending sale of Caritas Christi Health Care.
Stuart Altman served both as moderator for a discussion on “Understanding the Cost Drivers in the Health Care System” and as an expert witness on “Market Reform Considerations to Reduce the Growth in Healthcare Spending” at Massachusetts public hearings on health cost trends sponsored by the Massachusetts Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Health Care Finance and Policy, March, 2010.
Stuart Altman presented his testimony before the United States Senate Committee on Finance, “Financing Comprehensive Health Care Reform,” in Washington, DC on May 12, 2009. With the national debate over healthcare reform in full swing, he was featured and quoted in a variety of print, broadcast, and web media:
- May 17, NECN – A Healthcare Overhaul
- June 3, WBUR – Employers, Health Care Industry Find Common Ground on Cost Control (updated July 25)
- June 16, WBUR “On Point” – Obama’s Health Care Push
- June 22, Worcester Business Journal Online – Worcester Medicare Costs Highest in State. What’s driving up health care in Central Mass? The answer isn’t clear, but it’s got to change.
- July 12, Tricityherald.com in Richland, Washington – Discussing Healthcare Reform
- July 23, Newshour with Jim Lehrer – Waste in federal health systems?
- Aug 19, LA Times Health Care – Reform doesn’t hinge on public insurance plan
- Aug 23, USA Today – Dialysis treatment in USA: High costs high death rates
- Aug 26, NPR “All Things Considered” – Kennedy’s Lasting Devotion to Health Care for All
- Aug 26, Sam Stein of Huffington Post – “Retrospective debate – Nixon and Kennedy on Healthcare”
Following the death of Senator Edward M. Kennedy on August 25, 2009, Prof. Stuart Altman gave his commentary on Kennedy’s contributions to healthcare reform:
In the Boston Globe on November 16th, Stuart Altman discusses the need for more elder care training in medical schools. The article entitled Doctors Urge a Focus on Geriatrics says that US medical schools should require students to demonstrate competence in treating senior citizens.
On October 15, in a BusinessWeek article entitled Health Reform Premium Claims Generate Heat, But Little Clarity, Dr. Altman responds to a study that argues that the Senate Finance Committee's health-care bill will drive up costs by pushing family insurance premiums up hundreds of dollars, or raising the federal tax (and fee) burden on health insurers.
Stuart Altman was quoted in the October 12, 2009 Boston Globe article, “Health plan’s effect on costs may be slight,” by Lisa Wangsness.
On September 22, 2009, Altman and other leading analysts and health policy advisers, many of them veterans of failed health overhaul efforts in the past, implored lawmakers not to give up on revamping the system now that the going has gotten tough politically.
On August 19th, Dr. Altman was quoted in the Los Angeles Times, on the topic of the Public Option.
On July 23rd, Dr. Altman made another appearance on television on the NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, "Senate Delays Health Reform as Cost Concerns Persist", discussing the questions of waste in the federal systems and changing the way we pay for healthcare.
Dr. Altman had a busy April, as he compared the Canadian and U.S. healthcare systems with "Dan Rather Reports"; graded Obama's healthcare initiatives for NPR in "Obama and Health Care: Big Hurdles Yet to Come"; and weighed the pros and cons of long-term care coverage in "Long-Term Care Gains Attention in Health Reform" on WBUR.
In March, Dr, Altman revisited the early 1990's healthcare reform efforts in "No Harry and Louise" in Newsweek. In addition, he was quoted in the New York Times article, "Massachusetts Faces Costs of Big Health Care Plan", and in the Huffington Post's blog on "Zeke Emanuel, Obama's Health Care Alchemist".
In January, he discussed retiree spending on WBUR's "Here and Now", and weighed in on fixing the healthcare crisis on PBS' NewsHour with Jim Lehrer. He also discussed "Kennedy's 40-Year Push for Universal Coverage" on WBUR.