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John C. Goodman: Healthcare Policy Analyst, Pundit

Joe Cantlupe, for HealthLeaders Media, December 2, 2010

Goodman says he's proud of a "consumer's guide" that the group has put together, "What Does Health Care Reform Mean to You", which he claims is the "first effort anyone has made to even try to be objective is rather amazing."

Most of the mainstream media has published 'talking points' lists of the benefits, prepared by the White House, according to Goodman. "Even health policy journals have largely ignored the costs of reform and who will bear them. On the other side, Internet screeds warning of 'death panels' have exaggerated from the opposite direction."

Although there has been much criticism of insurance companies seeking rate hikes, Goodman says, "It's not the insurance companies' fault." He adds, "Government is the main problem."

As healthcare reform moves along, and the political debate continues to unfold, Goodman says he's convinced that eventually Congress and the White House will have to make some revisions, or possibly retreat on healthcare reform. Whether it's with the Tea Party or other groups, the fighting over healthcare reform is really just beginning, he says.

Over time "we are going to start over," he says. "Two years of guerilla warfare."

And Goodman likes a good fight.


Joe Cantlupe is a senior editor with HealthLeaders Media Online.
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