Steve Klasko Q&A

Steve Klasko Q&A

Newsmaker Q&A: Dr. Stephen Klasko, CEO of Philadelphia-based Thomas Jefferson University and Jefferson Health

Written by Sam Kennedy
Originally posted June 25, 2016

As president and CEO of Philadelphia-based Thomas Jefferson University and Jefferson Health, Dr. Stephen Klasko has seen up close how health care reform really works. Klasko, who launched and built his career in obstetrics and gynecology in the Lehigh Valley, just released a new book on the topic titled, “We Can Fix Healthcare, The Future is Now.” Klasko came to the Lehigh Valley in the early 1970s as an undergraduate at Lehigh University and returned to the region after medical school in the late ’70s. This month he was the featured speaker at the 30th Anniversary Gala of the Maimonides Society of the Jewish Federation of the Lehigh Valley. He is the subject of this week’s Q&A.

Q: What’s your new book about, in a nutshell?

A: It is a science fiction concept in which an alien event happened that made politics and health care fun again to the point that we stopped blaming each other for what’s wrong in health care and over a few day-period came up with the “12 disrupters for the demise of the old health care.” That led to such a consensus that the Democrats and Republicans agreed on a common health care platform. The Democrats called it “The Dramatically Different Democratic Discourse on Healthcare” and the Republicans called it the “Rather than Repeal, Lets Reimagine a Republican Revolution in Healthcare,” but they were essentially the same.

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