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Series presents presidential candidates, other leaders on changes in U.S. healthcare system
Retirement Living TV, The Johns Hopkins University and the National Coalition on Health Care announced today that they are producing a multi-part series, "Healthcare '08: Search for Solutions." The series begins airing on Monday, Jan. 14, at 2 p.m. EST on RLTV. AARP, Johns Hopkins, NCHC and RLTV will also make the series available on their Web sites. "Healthcare '08: Search for Solutions" will give presidential candidates and other public leaders an informal forum to discuss their views on the possible solutions to the healthcare crisis facing baby boomers and seniors in America.
'According to AARP's online presidential debate tracker, one out of four Americans rate healthcare as their top domestic concern. At RLTV,we feel it is our responsibility to give the candidates a forum in which to discuss their healthcare strategies. This issue demands our attention and focus,' said Elliot Jacobson, vice president of programming and production at RLTV.
'Our health care system requires comprehensive reform to meet the nation's needs,' said Henry Simmons, president of National Coalition on Health Care.
"Management of chronic illness, quality of care and the complexity and inefficiencies of our current medical system are not receiving the attention they need in this presidential election cycle," said William R. Brody, president of Johns Hopkins. "Fixing our health care system starts with understanding what problems are most urgent."
Each episode in the series consists of an exclusive half-hour discussion with Brody and a presidential candidate or other public leader. A rotating ensemble of respected journalists such as Diane Rehm, Judy Woodruff, RLTV's Lea Thompson and Felicia Taylor will moderate.
The series launches with Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney. Other guests the first week include the chief executive officer of AARP, Bill Novelli; the chairman of the nation's leading health and wellness system for seniors, John Erickson; and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
Healthcare '08: Search for Solutions Premiere Schedule 2
Monday 1/14/08 - Mitt Romney, Republican presidential candidate
Tuesday 1/15/08 - John Erickson, CEO, Erickson Retirement Communities
Wednesday 1/16/08 - Michael Bloomberg, mayor of New York City
Thursday 1/17/08 - Bill Novelli, CEO, AARP
Friday 1/18/08 - Mike Gravel, Democrat presidential candidate
About Retirement Living TV
Retirement Living TV is the only network dedicated to informing, involving and inspiring people aged 55+. Launched in September 2006, the network has all original programming with established celebrities and journalists on topics spanning critical issues including health, lifestyle, finance and politics. RLTV is the expert in the field of aging, guided by an internationally-recognized team of gerontologists and researchers. RLTV is seen in 29 million homes across North America on DirecTV, Comcast and other video providers or at www.rl.tv.
About The Johns Hopkins University
The Johns Hopkins University, founded in Baltimore in 1876, was the first university in the Western Hemisphere where research and the advancement of knowledge were purposefully linked to education. Its establishment began a revolution in U.S. higher education that led to today's research university system. Johns Hopkins remains at the forefront of both discovery and teaching for the good of humanity. It leads all U.S. universities in spending on scientific research and development and is the leading recipient of National Institutes of Health funding.
About the National Coalition on Health Care
The National Coalition on Health Care is the nation's largest, most broadly based, non-profit, nonpartisan alliance working for comprehensive healthcare reform. The coalition has 75 member organizations including large businesses and labor unions, pension funds, insurers, associations of medical organizations, faith-based groups, patient advocacy organizations and higher education associations which collectively represent more than 150 million Americans.