American Hospital Association (AHA) President, Rich Umbdenstock spoke before a record audience of close to 250 at the ACHE – SETC 3rd Quarter Educational Session held at The Houstonian Hotel, Thursday, August 20th. The topic was “Congressional Health Care Reform Proposals: The Legislative Process”. Mr. Umbdenstock didn’t miss a beat as he reviewed current status of the health care reform proposals in the legislation, the challenges President Obama’s is faced with on the issues, and predictions on the solution that is right for America. He captivated the audience’s attention with his highly effective communication skills and methodically explained how the proposals may become landmark legislation. He spoke about the key components of the legislation and the political climate for passage of the proposals. In addition, he commented on legislative options if this legislation doesn’t pass.
Mr. Umbdenstock’s presentation commented on President Obama’s desire to pass reform legislation that will:
Provide coverage for all
Make the coverage affordable which will be central to extending coverage for all
Emphasize that cost reductions are a shared responsibility
Result in the bottom line – that hospitals support comprehensive and meaningful health care reform
He also stated the AHA’s advocacy position and that of other key stakeholders (e.g., American Medical Association, America’s Health Insurance Plans, Advanced Medical Technology Associate, et. al). The key issues of health care reform presented by Mr. Umbdenstock and numerous other points he made are available by downloading his complete PowerPoint presentation.