Jim has studied health care for decades and taught health policy at Vanderbilt. Acknowledging his leadership on the issue, President Obama invited Jim to the Blair House summit in February and the White House Forum on Health Reform last March.
Jim believes health care reform is both a moral and fiscal imperative. He worked on a bipartisan basis to control cost and improve quality for patients, businesses, and medical professionals, and demanded that any health reform legislation meet the strict budget targets.
Jim supported the new health care reform law signed by the President on March 23rd, 2010, believing it is the only realistic hope to curb explosive cost growth and ensure Americans get a fair deal in today's private health insurance markets. It had the support of every Nashville hospital, 59,000 Catholic Sisters, and the majority of doctors and nurses in town who contacted him. The final package included Jim's proposals on transparency for the cost of health insurance and an independent advisory board on Medicare payments.