Harvard Pilgrim CEO Charlie Baker on Challenges Facing Health Care System

October 26, 2006

Charlie BakerCharlie Baker, CEO of Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, said the health care system faces a number of challenges, but one of the most significant is how Americans take care of themselves.

Speaking at the CEO Breakfast earlier this month, Baker noted that the health care system also needs to be more transparent, and more accountable for cost and quality, “Any health care provider will tell you that one of the primary drivers of health status is personal behavior,” he said.

“We eat more than we probably should, we don’t get enough exercise, we weigh more than we should. We don’t smoke as much as we used to which is a good thing. But we are way more stressed out than we once were,” he said. “We simply don’t take as good care of ourselves physically as we once did.”

In 1999 and 2000, Baker led an effort to save Harvard Pilgrim from insolvency. “one of the nice things about being in trouble and worrying about survival is that it forces you to get pretty clear about what you’re trying to accomplish.”

Today, he said, there are things the American health care system needs to do to keep itself healthy.

“It’s a good news-bad news story,” he said. “The health care system can do more for more people in more ways today than it could five years ago, 10 years ago, 15 years ago. The hard part is figuring out how we are planning on paying for all that.”

His prescription for the system includes greater transparency about its true costs. Also, he said, there should be better and more available information about cost and quality of health care.

NHIOP Hosts Peter Beinart of “The New Republic”

October 19, 2006

In this episode of the New Hampshire Institute of Politics Podcast, we feature an excerpt from a lecture delivered by Peter Beinart at the institute on October 17.

Peter Beinart is the editor-at-large of The New Republic and writes its weekly TRB column, which is syndicated in The New York Post and other newspapers. He is the author of the recently published book, The Good Fight: Why Liberals — and Only Liberals — Can Win the War on Terror and Make America Great Again. Beinart has also appeared as a commentator on CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, NPR, and PBS.

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In Their Own Words: An Interview With Bob Shea, Director of the Dana Center

October 13, 2006

I recently had the opportunity to sit down with Bob Shea, director of the Dana Center at Saint Anselm College. In this interview, Bob discusses some of the themes for this year’s Dana Center performance season as well as the new artist-in-residence program.

For a list of upcoming Dana Center events, visit their Web site at www.anselm.edu/dana or contact the Dana Center Box Office at (603) 641-7700.

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Fr. Jonathan’s Remarks About Democracy in a Post-9/11 World

October 3, 2006

Fr. Jonathan DeFelice, O.S.B., president of the college, delivered an impassioned speech on the value and relevance of democracy in a post-9/11 world. He spoke before 300 guests at the 14th annual President’s Society Dinner at Davison Hall on Sept. 23. The event, which this year also marked the fifth anniversary of the New Hampshire Institute of Politics, recognizes the college’s most generous benefactors.

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