May 22

Past Event

Reforming Health Care: Improving Quality, Controlling Costs, Expanding Coverage

Event Materials



  • Mark McClellan

    Effectively reforming health care to provide affordable, high quality care will take a collaborative approach from state and federal governments as well as from the health care community, McClellan says.

    Mark B. McClellan

  • Alice Rivlin

    Rivlin says every aspect of government spending is affected and diminished by the high cost of health care and these with spiraling medical costs, she says, hamper the growth of our economy.

    Alice M. Rivlin

  • Henry Aaron

    Until we change the way we pay for health care, Aaron says, the prospects for slowing the growth of health care spending are virtually nonexistent.

    Henry J. Aaron

  • Michael McMillan

    Outcomes matter in health care, McMillen says, but are hampered by the notion that health care is a commodity rather than a service that warrants payments based on quality and service.


On May 22, Brookings and the Cleveland Clinic hosted an Opportunity 08 forum on reforming health care. With health care weighing heavily on the voting public’s mind, this forum provided voters in Ohio and across the nation with an in-depth policy discussion on the challenges—and possible solutions—that will confront our next president. Topics included ways to improve the cost, quality and availability of health care.

Watch event video »

Dr. Delos M. “Toby” Cosgrove, president and CEO of the Cleveland Clinic and Strobe Talbott, president of the Brookings Institution, opened the event. Two panels  followed Cosgrove's and Talbott’s remarks. The first panel explored improving the quality and cost of health care with national and local health experts providing their insight. The second panel focused on health reform at the state level and included Representative Jim Raussen; Mark McClellan, the director of the Engelberg Center at Brookings; and two members from Governor Ted Strickland’s administration.

Forum Speakers and Participants:

    Toby Cosgrove CEO of the Cleveland Clinic and former chairman of the Department of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery

    Strobe Talbott President of the Brookings Institution and a former U.S. diplomat and Deputy Secretary of State

    Henry Aaron Brookings Senior Fellow and former health care advisor to President Carter

    Doug Anderson Chief Policy Officer, Ohio Department of Insurance

    Tom Latkovic Partner at McKinsey & Company

    Mark McClellan Director of the Engelberg Center for Health Care Reform at Brookings; former Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services; Former Commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration.

    Michael McMillan Executive Director of the Department of Managed Care at the Cleveland Clinic

    Rep. Jim Raussen Ohio State Representative and Chairman of the House Health Care Access and Affordability Committee

    Alice Rivlin Brookings Senior Fellow and former director of the Congressional Budget Office

    Allen Rovner Radiologist at the Radiology Associates of Canton

    Cristal Thomas Director of Ohio Executive Medicaid Management Administration; Member of Governor Strickland’s Cabinet, and Former State Medicaid Director

    Bill Winkerwerder Chairman of Winkenwerder Company, LLC and Senior Advisor to Deloitte Center for Health Solutions; former Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs, at the U.S. Department of Defense


May 22, 2008

8:30 AM - 11:30 AM EDT

Intercontinental Hotel

Ballroom A and B

9801 Carnegie Avenue


For More Information

Brookings Office of Communications

(202) 797-6105