Shortly after President Barack Obama signed the health-reform bill into law, Stanford's School of Medicine hosted a forum to assess the implications of the reform package.
The panel discussion featured Philip Pizzo, MD, dean of the School of Medicine; Alan Garber, MD, PhD, professor of medicine; and Alain Enthoven, PhD, emeritus professor in the Graduate School of Business. Daniel Kessler, JD, PhD, a senior fellow at Stanford’s Hoover Institution, moderated the 90-minute exchange.
During the event, Garber and Pizzo expressed concerns about the cost of the legislation, but both noted that doing nothing would have been worse for the health-care system. Pizzo said:
We were on a trajectory that was leading to [an] unsustainable system. Imperfect as this [bill] is, my view is this is a start.
Hit the play button on the video above to watch the discussion of the elements and efficacy of the new health law.