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Can Obama Steer The Health Care Debate?

Wright: the public option has to set a standard for the private industry

The Real News Network — Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Paul Jay speaks to Anthony Wright at the Tides Foundations' Momentum Conference in San Francisco about health care supporters' expectations of the Obama's Congressional speech.

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Anthony Wright is Executive Director for Health Access California, the statewide health care consumer advocacy coalition which has been a leader in both state and national efforts to fight health care budget cuts, to win consumer protections, and to advance comprehensive health reform and coverage expansions. Wright led fights to pass a first-in-the-nation law to set standards for timely access to care, and a first-in-the-nation law against hospital overcharging of the uninsured, and to win a prescription drug discount program despite an $80 million industry campaign against it. A consumer advocate and community organizer. Wright has been widely quoted in local and national media on a range of issues. He has also worked for New Jersey Citizen Action, the Center for Media Education, The Nation magazine, and in Vice President Gore's office in the White House.

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