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The newspaper of The Johns Hopkins University January 14, 2008 | Vol. 37 No. 17
JHU and Others Producing TV Series 'Healthcare '08: Search for Solutions'

Retirement Living TV, The Johns Hopkins University and the National Coalition on Health Care announced last week that they are producing a multipart series, Healthcare '08: Search for Solutions.

The series begins airing at 2 p.m. today, Jan. 14, on RLTV. AARP, Johns Hopkins, NCHC and RLTV will also make the series available on their Web sites. Healthcare '08: Search for Solutions will give presidential candidates and other public leaders an informal forum to discuss their views on the possible solutions to the health care crisis facing baby boomers and seniors in America.

"According to AARP's online presidential debate tracker, one out of four Americans rate health care as their top domestic concern. At RLTV, we feel it is our responsibility to give the candidates a forum in which to discuss their health care strategies. This issue demands our attention and focus," said Elliot Jacobson, vice president of programming and production at RLTV.

Johns Hopkins President William R. Brody said, "Management of chronic illness, quality of care and the complexity and inefficiencies of our current medical system are not receiving the attention they need in this presidential election cycle. Fixing our health care system starts with understanding what problems are most urgent."

Added Henry Simmons, president of National Coalition on Health Care, "Our health care system requires comprehensive reform to meet the nation's needs."

Each episode in the series consists of an exclusive half-hour discussion with Brody and a presidential candidate or other public leader. A rotating ensemble of respected journalists such as Diane Rehm, Judy Woodruff, RLTV's Lea Thompson and Felicia Taylor will moderate.

The series launches with Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney. Other guests the first week include the chief executive officer of AARP, Bill Novelli; the chairman of the nation's leading health and wellness system for seniors, John Erickson; and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

The complete schedule is as follows:

Monday, Jan. 14: Mitt Romney, Republican presidential candidate

Tuesday, Jan. 15: John Erickson, CEO, Erickson Retirement Communities

Wednesday, Jan. 16: Michael Bloomberg, mayor of New York City

Thursday, Jan. 17: Bill Novelli, CEO, AARP

Friday, Jan. 18: Mike Gravel, Democrat presidential candidate

RLTV is seen in 29 million homes across North America on DirecTV, Comcast and other video providers or online at


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