Kresta in the Afternoon – September 16, 2019 – Hour 2

+  Can American Health Care be Fixed?

  • Description: Health care reform has become one of the most divisive issues in our political discussion and has been a primary focus of the early months of the Democratic primaries. According to the Kaiser family foundation, 1 in 5 working-age Americans with health insurance has had problems paying medical bills within the past year, and the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau finds that nearly 1 in 5 credit reports include medical collections. Can the system be fixed? Marty Makary thinks so and he joins us.
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    • Dr. Marty Makary
      Marty Makary, MD, MPH, is the author of The Price We Pay: What Broke American Health Care--and How to Fix It. He's a surgeon and Professor of Health Policy at Johns Hopkins University and also the author of the New York Times bestseller, Unaccountable. A leading voice for physicians in the Wall Street Journal and USA Today, he was the lead author of the articles introducing a surgical checklist, later adapted by the W.H.O. and has published extensively on health care costs, vulnerable populations, and quality science. He served in leadership at the W.H.O. Safe Surgery Saves Lives project and has been elected to the National Academy of Medicine.
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    • The Price We Pay: What Broke American Health Care–and How to Fix It

      From the New York Times bestselling author of Unaccountable comes an eye-opening, urgent look at America's broken health care system--and the people who are saving it. "A must-read for every American." --Steve Forbes, editor-in-chief, FORBES One in five Americans now has medical debt in collections and rising health care costs today threaten every small business in America. Dr. Makary, one of the nation's leading health care experts, travels across America and details why health care has become a bubble. Drawing from on-the-ground stories, his research, and his own experience, The Price We Pay paints a vivid picture of price-gouging, middlemen, and a series of elusive money games in need of a serious shake-up. Dr. Makary shows how so much of health care spending goes to things that have nothing to do with health and what you can do about it. Dr. Makary challenges the medical establishment to remember medicine's noble heritage of caring for people when they are vulnerable. The Price We Pay offers a roadmap for everyday Americans and business leaders to get a better deal on their health care, and profiles the disruptors who are innovating medical care. The movement to restore medicine to its mission, Makary argues, is alive and well--a mission that can rebuild the public trust and save our country from the crushing cost of health care. (learn more)

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+  The Cold war Espionage Against the Church (2 segments)

  • Description: When we talk about the collapse of Soviet-style Communism, we often emphasize the lives of figures such as John Paul II and Fr. Jerzy Popieluszko. But there are many other stories of faithful Christians living behind the Iron Curtain, resisting the influences of the atheistic regimes. To counter this, the Communists developed special programs to infiltrate the Churches and weaken them from the inside. Elisabeth Braw has the story.
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    • Elisabeth Braw
      Elisabeth Braw is the author of God's Spies: The Stasi’s Cold War Espionage Campaign inside the Church. She runs the Modern Deterrence project at RUSI, a London-based defence and security think tank. She was previously a correspondent for the Christian Science Monitor and Newsweek and is a contributor to the Wall Street Journal, the Times (London), Foreign Policy, and the Financial Times, focusing on European security.
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    • God’s Spies: The Stasi’s Cold War Espionage Campaign inside the Church

      The real-life cloak-and-dagger story of how East Germany’s notorious spy agency infiltrated churches here and abroad East Germany only existed for a short forty years, but in that time, the country’s secret police, the Stasi, developed a highly successful “church department” that—using persuasion rather than threats—managed to recruit an extraordinary stable of clergy spies. Pastors, professors, seminary students, and even bishops spied on colleagues, other Christians, and anyone else they could report about to their handlers in the Stasi. Thanks to its pastor spies, the Church Department (official name: Department XX/4) knew exactly what was happening and being planned in the country’s predominantly Lutheran churches. Yet ultimately it failed in its mission: despite knowing virtually everything about East German Christians, the Stasi couldn’t prevent the church-led protests that erupted in 1989 and brought down the Berlin Wall. (learn more)

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