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May 11th, 2009
01:18 PM ET

Fixing Health Care in 90 Seconds

Here in the Newsroom, we like to ask the experts to give us their solutions to America’s biggest problems– in 90 seconds or less. Here is Dr. Michael Brooks, Senior Vice President at West End Medical Centers in Atlanta, with his 90-second prescription to fix the health care system.

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  1. davem

    Since everything old becomes new again...
    How about rolling back the Reagan era de-regulation of Pharma and Legal advertising? When I was young, these ads were illegal.

    Prices are driven up by the exorbitant fees from TV ADS for these ridiculous marketing campaigns ... 'ask your doctor..." "restless leg syndrome?" ect...

    I know this would mean networks (like CNN) would be saying goodbye to a few sponsors but hey, spell it out folks. Part of, or most of, the pathetic increases in drug prices are from all this ridiculous advertising, made possible by the Reagan admin.

    May 11, 2009 at 1:32 pm |
  2. sharon

    I think health care reform will come about, not this year, but soon. In the meantime we can and should be responsible. When my ob gyn couldn't get my latest blood test from my primary care doctor, and he gave someone elses's ekg out other than mine, I changed doctors, should have reported this guy, but he is still practicing. Until they get a national heath care exchange which can't be soon enough, I carry a list of my current meds, my drs, medical history and current blood test, not that hard, it is always appreciated and may help save my life at some point.

    May 11, 2009 at 1:39 pm |
  3. Gunnar J. Haga

    Pitiful Misinformation
    I watched the end of CNN's special program by accident on Saturday, and it went below even my very low expectations of CNN as a corporate servant. There, it was claimed that "high speed trains would be a money loosing project even surpassing currant conditions" (a paraphrase). It just so happens that trains are money saving machines. However, if you count the money collected from customers in the form of fares, this would not seem to be true. But the operation of trains save society at large untold amounts of resources; pollution, road repears, traffic jams, etc. With high speed trains the American economic system would save even more.
    But while it saves the overall society enormous amounts of resources, a few corporations stand to loose by no longer living off the majority. We should expect such economic interests to be represented by CNN. How else could such non-sense and deception be presented to the viewers?

    May 11, 2009 at 1:50 pm |
  4. joanna sty

    Regarding the Miss California brouha presently being discussed why has no one mentioned that the exec dir of Miss California has admitted she is a les bian as has the exec dir of Miss USA! With their biased background what chance has this decent girl have. There are millions of us who feel the same way and think same sex marriage is abhorrent yes abhorrent. Who do these two womes think they are to say she should apologise apoligise! for voicing her beliefs. So you have two lesbians and a homosexual the host of the pageant trying to crucify Miss California. Thank you.

    May 11, 2009 at 2:29 pm |
  5. Jai Jackson

    regarding the comments by Mr. Galen (rep.) against Comedian , Wada Sykes.... Mr. Galen needs to get the Red from around his neck, and realize, Rush Limbaugh is a pathetic joke, who has no moral whatsoever regarding the this great country, and some of the fine people in it., ( PRESIDENT OBAMA FOR STARTERS). ... Especially when he's looked like a fool every since the comment aired...want something to talk about ? How about the Bush administration the screwed this country up, and the the live's he's destroyed doing it.........

    May 11, 2009 at 3:36 pm |
  6. Stephen Charchuk

    I think that the CEOs of the so-called heathcare industry will try their very best to make another HMO debacle. Adopt a system like we have up here in Canada. It works, never mind those industry propaganda commercials that try to distort the reality. (Read: Lying to you...... ) It may not be perfect, but it doesn't have to be. Anything is better than what so many Americans have to suffer through now.

    May 11, 2009 at 3:50 pm |
  7. janet

    what about what is causing death in America; properly prescribed FDA approved pharmaceuticals.. It is the4th leading cause of death. . look at natural options; not statin man made drugs, making it illegal to produce GMO like we have had since the 90s, making it illegal to drug our kids in school. . stop giving them speed (for this so called disease ADHD. .. and watch what they are eating and drinking . .sea salt is OK, , not man made salt or sugar. Any one watch Sweet Misery, the documentary? Preventative health care., instead of mamogram that are painful .. what about thermograms ?..and no side affects of radiation.

    May 11, 2009 at 6:09 pm |
  8. Mimosa

    What is with CNN and Donald Trump?
    CNN has always given this hideous blowhard hours of airtime.
    If this rich, crass vulgar hack, Trump represents a worthy of your constant over the years, fawning attention CNN, you need to revamp your system from the top down.
    First, Trump was allowed to repeatedly use CNN to bloviate his hatred for Rosie O'Donnell hundreds of time over, with NO opposing voice or defense of Rosie ever!!
    Now we see this thug spewing and promoting his exploitation of women yet again, through his sexist beauty contests. WHY, does CNN so constantly and overtly support a crude sexist like Trump?

    I have a question for Trump. DID your crazy organization pay for Miss (NOT Mz) Ca's breast implants? If it did, that means to me the constest was rigged in her favour from the very beginning and the rest of the contestants were just being used as props for the sham of a display of women with overly bleached hair running around in diapers.

    May 12, 2009 at 10:01 am |
  9. Johnny Holland

    I'm involved in several professional healthcare organizations, all of which have an agenda to reduce healthcare costs. This is one group with their latest initiative:

    http://www.aaham.org/Portals/0/Documents/Press%20Room/AAHAM_2009Legislative_Day5.4.09.pdf

    May 12, 2009 at 12:43 pm |
  10. Curtis Rucker Jr

    The solution to the Healthcare problem in America lies in the hands of the people and not the government.. Maybe if U.S. citiezens would not Smoke too much, eat too much of the wrong foods and drink too much alcohol and get off their behinds and worked out a few times a week maybe the insurance companies would have a reason to lower premiums for everyone. If I was a Doctor and people continued to make themselves sick I would charge a premium also. It's a simple case of supply and demand. When are people in America going to realize the solution to most of their problems, healthcare included lies within the person they see in the mirror?

    May 12, 2009 at 1:39 pm |

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