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Lessons Learned from Health Care Reform – ‘The Politics of Reform’

Resource type: Video

In the yearlong campaign for health care reform in the United States, politics almost derailed the push for change several times. From the “Tea Party” protests to the election of Republican U.S. Senator Scott Brown in Massachusetts, political brinksmanship around reform often overshadowed the substance of the reform bill itself.

Now that the bill is signed, will opponents succeed at repealing or blocking parts of the law? How will the bill impact the 2010 mid-term election, and the terrain for advancing social justice on a range of issues? In this brief video highlight from The Atlantic Philanthropies’ recent event, “The Historic Passage of Health Care Reform in the United States: How Dud We Get There and What Lies Ahead?,” E.J. Dionne of The Washington Post, Richard Kirsch of Health Care for America NOW! and Judy Feder of Georgetown University and the Center for American Progress explain the politics of reform.


This is one of four video highlights from the event. Video of the full panel, including audience questions, is posted here.