Health Care Next Year: Dare We Hope?

Health care is sure to occupy Congress and the new Obama administration this coming year. The U.S. spends more than two trillion dollars a year on medical care, yet, our population is no healthier than countries that spend far less.

Some 46 million Americans have no health insurance. Another 25 million have insurance — but in the case of serious illness or injury, they still would be exposed to financial catastrophe. President-elect Barack Obama has promised to make health care one of his top priorities, but what are the chances of his success?

Host Liane Hansen talks to NPR Health Policy Correspondent Julie Rovner about the important health issues ahead for the new administration and Congress in 2009.



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