Health Care Insider John E. McDonough

April 29, 2010 | Hunter College, Newsmakers

A leading architect of Massachusetts’ health insurance overhaul, John E. McDonough was tapped by the late Sen. Edward M. Kennedy to help write the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act signed by President Obama in March. It’s still a work in progress, he says. “This new law is, in itself, not the end,” said McDonough, who for the spring semester is the inaugural Joan H. Tisch Distinguished Fellow in Public Health at the Roosevelt House Public Policy Institute at Hunter College. “It will be corrected, fixed, improved on, repeatedly, over the next coming decades.” In an interview, McDonough, who until January served as senior advisor to the U.S. Senate Committee of Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, discussed his role in enacting this new legislation and what it will mean for all Americans.
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