AIF Blog - Health

June 29, 2012
Festival goers packed Paepcke Auditorium to watch an impromptu panel discussion of the Supreme Court’s 5-4 landmark decision upholding the constitutionality of the 2010 health care law, specifically the individual mandate.CNN's Suzanne Malveaux moderated the discussion between David Brooks, Joe Klein, Tom Daschle, and Vin Weber.Watch the full session here. Scroll down to see a variety of quotes from rousing session...
June 07, 2012
News broke today of a massive lawsuit filed in federal court against the NFL for concussion-related injuries. According to the Associated Press, more than 80 complaints have been consolidated by lawyers into one "master complaint." The plaintiffs hope to hold the NFL responsible for care related to neurological disorders caused blows during football play and practice."Let's face it and be honest, I feel like the NFL...
March 27, 2012
As the Supreme Court weighs arguments on the requirement to buy health insurance contained in the health care reform law, we take a look back at a conversation between David Leonhardt and Paul Romer at the 2011 Aspen Ideas Festival. They discuss the role businesses and unions play in our current health care system, which some argue favors employer-provided insurance.Leonhardt and Romer confer about the missed...
December 01, 2011
To honor World AIDS Day, here is a look back at some of the discussions that have taken place over the years at Aspen Ideas.Focus on Youth, AIDS, and Music with Wyclef Jean, A Special Benefit for YouthAIDSGrammy Award-winning musician and activist Wyclef Jean, founder and CEO of YouthAIDS Kate Roberts, and former UN Special Envoy for HIV/AIDS Stephen Lewis discuss youth and AIDS. Wyclef Jean performs after the...
October 11, 2011
In what has proven to be a controversial move, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force issued a recommendation last week stating that healthy men shouldn't get PSA blood tests for detecting prostate cancer.This recommendation has lit up the traditional media and blogosphere. CBS reports that prostrate cancer experts bash the panel’s recommendation, and The New York Times outlines the shortfalls of early cancer...
July 01, 2011
Josh Nesbit at Aspen Ideas talking about scaling technology to bridge gaps in health systems. To see more video interviews, go to genConnect's Aspen Ideas page.
June 17, 2011
This year at Aspen Ideas, we’re introducing a new format called “Game Changers.” It features inventors and innovators who are driving change in a variety of fields and will introduce audiences to new approaches in these thoughtful, 15-minute presentations that are not to be missed.Meet Game Changer Lauren Walters, co-founder and CEO of Two Degrees. He’s also a past Festival attendee and was inspired to start Two...
June 26, 2014
Where else but the doctor’s office do you get to write in pen on a clipboard? And why is it that when you go to Starbucks or the Cheesecake Factory, you get a wide range of choices and friendly service, while in health care... not so much?In the last 20 years, our consumer economy has undergone a revolution in technology, efficiency and consumer service. Yet the $2.7 trillion dollar health care industry has missed...
April 16, 2011
“From April 2007 to August 2009, there’s been more learned about the root causes of disease than in the history of mankind,” says Eric Topol of Scripps Translation Science Institute in Los Angeles Times Magazine’s “Making Medicine Personal.” (Read the full article.) “I’ve been a scientist and researcher my entire life—that’s 30 years—and I’ve never seen anything like this.” These genetic discoveries are giving many...
April 12, 2011
Another three books for your pre-Festival reading stack!The Climate War, Eric Pooley. With impressive access to many of the key players, Pooley examines the issues and people involved in the struggle to cap global warming pollution.Power Hungry, Robert Bryce delivers a state-of-the industry overview of energy policy, with arguments about why some renewable energies are not a suitable solution.In The Emperor of All...

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