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Looking Back at Khrushchev; Looking Forward towards Health Care (Full Program) (Episode 303)

posted on September 25, 2009 at 11:13 AM

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Thursday’s episode of The Iowa Journal will explore how the debate over health care reform in Washington, D.C. affects Iowans and take a look back to the historic visit to the heartland by one of the world's best-known dictators, Nikita Khrushchev. With the increasing cost of health care and the growing number of uninsured, come rising tempers among politicians, the public and the various interest groups over how to best ensure quality health care for all Americans. Three guests with stakes in the health care debate will be in our studio: Iowa State Senator Jack Hatch, (D-Des Moines), chair of the White House Working Group of State Legislators for Health Reform; Kirk Norris, president/CEO of the Iowa Hospital Association; and Joe Teeling, chairman and CEO of Bearence Management Group, a consulting group that helps employers with the purchase of health insurance. Also during the program, we'll flashback 50 years to when Soviet dictator Nikita Khrushchev took a whirlwind trip through the U.S. including a stop in Iowa. The story includes interviews with Khrushchev's son who made the 1959 trip with his father, and Roswell Garst’s granddaughter, Liz Garst, who was 8 years old when Khrushchev visited her grandfather's farm. (28:45)

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