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Health Care Reform: A Louisiana Perspective (2009)

Louisiana Public Square



Genre: News, Public Affairs

Place Covered: Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 2009-09-23

Duration: 00:57:06

Subjects: Filmed panel discussions | Politics | Health care reform | HEALTH INSURANCE | Insurance Industry | MEDICARE | MEDICAID | Physician and patient | Louisiana. Department of Health and Hospitals | United States. Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act


  • Courtney, Beth Host
  • Freeman, Craig Host
  • Broussard, Bryan Photographer
  • Budd, Sally Photographer
  • Bush, Charles Photographer
  • Crews, Keith Photographer
  • Woods, Virnado Photographer
  • Williams, Ben Director
  • LaFleur, Donna Director
  • Gautreaux, Kevin Producer
  • Godoy, Al Producer
  • Sanford, Shauna Producer
  • Landrieu, Mary Speaker
  • Fleming, John Interviewee
  • Cassidy, Bill Interviewee
  • Cherry, Julie Interviewee
  • Juneau, Dan Interviewee
  • Smith, Gary Speaker
  • Harwood, Helen Speaker
  • Bergeron, Tasha Speaker
  • Devard, Shirley Speaker
  • Evans, Diane Speaker
  • Calhoun, Catherine Speaker
  • McDavitt, Laura Speaker
  • Lewis, Davante Speaker
  • Thomas, L.C. Speaker
  • Terill, Harriet Speaker
  • Myer, George Speaker
  • Marionneaux, Barry Speaker
  • Dugas, Frances Speaker
  • Webber, Landon Speaker
  • Winkler, Steven Speaker
  • Hathorn, Millie Speaker
  • Caffey, Brenda Speaker
  • Randolph, Matthew Speaker
  • Levine, Alan Panelist
  • Fraiche, Donna Panelist
  • Sloane, David Panelist
  • Gordon, Stewart Panelist
  • Polk, Joyce Speaker


This episode of the series “Louisiana Public Square” from September 23, 2009, features a discussion between the panelists and audience members on the national debate over President Barack Obama’s proposals for health care reform, also known as Obamacare. The panelists are: Secretary Alan Levine of the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals; Donna Fraiche, a health care policy analyst with the Louisiana Health Care Commission; David Sloane, AARP’s Senior Vice President of Government Relations and Advocacy; and Dr. Stewart T. Gordon, President of the Louisiana Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics. They discussed: whether health care is a right; the need for health insurance reform; the importance of the doctor-patient relationship; government’s involvement in the health care system; areas of agreement within the debate; how the reforms will be paid for; tackling the high costs within the system; and managing the quality of health care.Host: Beth CourtneyHost: Craig Freeman