2008 Press Releases

Media Advisory

Tuesday, December 16, 2008


New Report to Highlight Need for Public Health Insurance Plan Outlined in Obama's Proposals

Author Jacob Hacker Finds Public Plan Vital to Controlling Costs, Improving Quality as Health Care Reform Debate Centers on Public Insurance Choice

WASHINGTON – House Ways and Means Health Subcommittee Chairman Rep. Pete Stark, D-Calif. will join health care expert and U.C. Berkeley professor Jacob Hacker and Institute for America’s Future co-director Roger Hickey on a conference call with reporters on Wednesday to release a new report, he new report, The Case for Public Plan Choice in National Health Reform, written by Hacker, that shows that a public insurance option is a critical element of President-elect Obama’s health care reforms.

With the insurance industry opposing key elements of reform embraced by President-elect Obama, his health care point person Tom Daschle and Senate Finance Committee chairman Sen. Max Baucus, the new report shows that a public insurance option is crucial to controlling health care costs and achieving quality coverage.

NEWS TELECONFERENCE TO RELEASE A
NEW REPORT ON PUBLIC HEALTH INSURANCE

The Case for Public Plan Choice in National Health Reform, Jacob Hacker.

DATE:  Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2008

TIME:  11 a.m. ET (8 a.m. PT)

CALL-IN:  866-316-1366, code 4839124

PARTICIPANTS:  Roger Hickey, co-dir., Institute for America’s Future
Jacob Hacker, co-dir., U.C. Berkeley School of Law Center on Health, Economic and Family Security
Rep. Pete Stark, D-Calif., chair, House Ways and Means Health Subcommittee


**NOTE: Space is limited. Media representatives interested in joining the call should reserve a line by contacting Rachel Perrone at rperrone@ourfuture.org or 202-587-1639.**