U.S. needs big debate on health care


Tom Brokaw says one of the motivating factors for writing his new book, A Lucky Life Interrupted: A Memoir of Hope, was to help educate consumers about health care.

"Most patients don't have a clue" about what they learn in doctors' offices and on the Internet, the former award-winning journalist noted today during his keynote luncheon remarks at the BIO International Convention. He said the country needs to have an informed debate on health care to address issues regarding affordability and access.

Brokaw, who was diagnosed with multiple myeloma two years ago, said he was fortunate to receive quality health care, but many Americans do not have the same options.

"We need big ideas" in politics and "a big debate" on health care and innovation, he added. "Healthcare is the underpinning of who we are. It governs every part of our waking day." Drug pricing should be part of the debate, he added, to find solutions for increasing access to care. He told the BIO Convention audience that he's in awe of what has been accomplished in immunotherapy and continues to pay close attention to medical breakthroughs.

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We have health challenges in this country that science will provide answers for if given the chance and we haven't given science that opportunity
Mary Woolley, President and CEO, Research!America