Dr. Claudia Fegan, past president of Physicians for a National Health Program and currently chief medical officer at John H. Stroger Jr. (Cook County) Hospital, appeared on the “Up with Chris Hayes” show on MSNBC on March 31 to discuss the Supreme Court and the Affordable Care Act. Also on the panel were Yale University law professor Akhil Amar, former President Obama adviser Neera Tanden and the Washington Examiner’s Tim Carney. The clips of Dr. Fegan above are excerpts from a much longer segment of the show which is available from MSNBC here.
In her closing remarks, when asked what her takeaway from the discussion was, Dr. Fegan said, “I didn’t realize that the complexity of the Affordable Care Act would make single payer seem like the most logical way to provide our patients with what every patient wants: to be treated with dignity and respect and have access to the health care that I believe they deserve. How can we be the most powerful nation in the world and not guarantee access to health care, which has such an impact on people’s quality of life and is so important to the health of the nation?”