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Dan Rather Interviews Don Berwick

Posted on | February 13, 2012 | Comments Off on Dan Rather Interviews Don Berwick

Tuesday, February 14 at 8:00 p.m. ET

Some see the Affordable Care Act, or “Obamacare” as the President’s biggest vulnerability in this election year, but Don Berwick tells Dan Rather that our country had better come to grips with our health care crisis, and that this much maligned bill may be the solution.

“It’s a step toward justice and coverage in our country,” said Berwick.  “It also is a law about quality.  I mean, if I were President Obama, I’d be proud to have it called ‘Obamacare.’  It’s a great step forward for the country.”

But, Dr. Berwick, a mild mannered pediatrician who founded the world-renowned Institute for Healthcare Improvement, ran into stiff opposition and fierce criticism shortly after his appointment. His Republican opponents claimed he did not support American ideals, calling him a “rationer,” and proponent of socialized medicine.  

Berwick tells Rather about the nasty politics he was confronted with in this clip from Tuesday’s broadcast:


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