LA panel: looking forward to 2009…

For those health reformers not in the Bay Area, there’s also a star-studded panel tomorrow (Thursday) night in Los Angeles. Sponsored by The California Endowment, it reflects on a special issue of The American Prospect that includes my recent summary of lessons learned from the California “year of health reform,” as we attempt to seize a new opportunity in the next year. I’m away and not on the panel, but some of my fellow contributors to that issue are there. Here’s the info…:

The American Prospect: What Path to Universal Health Care?
Thursday, June 19 — 7 p.m.

The California Endowment’s Center for Healthy Communities
1000 N. Alameda St., Los Angeles, CA 90012

Will any of the candidates’ solutions actually fix our system? This is the central question of a new special issue of The American Prospect and of this Center Scene Public Program. Experts and contributors to the magazine discuss the politics of health reform and what it will take to achieve a system that is truly universal, efficient, affordable and has prevention at its core.

Panelists include:
* Fabian Núñez, member and speaker emeritus, California State Assembly
* Neal Halfon, M.D., director, UCLA Center for Healthier Children, Families and Communities
* Ezra Klein, associate editor, The American Prospect

Matt Miller, senior fellow, Center for American Progress and
host, Left, Right & Center on 89.9 KCRW
Miles Rapoport, president of Dēmos, will make opening remarks.

Click here to R.S.V.P. Light refreshments will be served. Admission and parking are free. For more information, please e-mail

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