BALTIMORE, May 2 Retirement Living TV (RLTV) and MarylandPublic Television (MPT) are working together to bring a compelling dialogue onthe healthcare system in America to the Maryland, Washington, NorthernVirginia and Southern Delaware television markets through RLTV's originalseries, Healthcare '08: Search for Solutions. The nation's leading politicaland public leaders present their position on the present and future state ofhealthcare through this series of in-depth conversations with Bill Brody, MD,President of Johns Hopkins University. Healthcare '08 is produced inassociation with Johns Hopkins University and the National Coalition on HealthCare (NCHC).
"This is a rare opportunity for the MPT and RLTV audiences to share in adialogue between thought leaders on what is undoubtedly one of the mostimportant issues facing our country. This series presents an insight into bothhow our healthcare system really works and what needs to be done to fix it.Dr. Brody does an exceptional job at challenging conventional wisdom in theseinterviews," said Elliot Jacobson, VP of programming and production, RLTV.
Healthcare '08: Search for Solution featured interview subjects includeMichael Bloomberg, Mayor of New York City; Bill Novelli, CEO, AARP; JohnErickson, CEO, Erickson Retirement Communities; Newt Gingrich, former Speakerof the House and Elias A. Zerhouni, MD, Director, National Institute ofHealth. During the series, Dr. William Brody, president of Johns HopkinsUniversity interviews the participants and respected journalists and talentsincluding Judy Woodruff, Lea Thompson, Felicia Taylor and Dr. Alexis Abramsonact as moderators.
"The Federal government is in paralysis because of partisanship andspecial interest groups that fund their campaigns. And, they would not doanything to upset the tobacco industry where this century we're going to killa billion people in this world because of smoking," stated Mayor MichaelBloomberg during his Healthcare '08 interview.
"This is an opportunity to provide compelling commentary on one of themost important issues facing aging Americans. RLTV has asked hard questions ofsome of today's top leaders and their answers are of interest to our viewers,"said Eric Eggleton, SVP, MPT.
Catherine Hand O'Dell is the executive producer of Healthcare '08: Searchfor Solution.
About Retirement Living TV
Retirement Living TV (RLTV) is the only network dedicated to informing,involving and inspiring people aspiring to retire and those in activeretirement. Launched in September 2006, the network has all originalprogramming with established celebrities and journalists on topics spanningcritical issues including health, lifestyle, finance and politics. RLTV is theexpert in the field of aging, guided by an internationally-recognized team ofgerontologists and researchers. RLTV is seen in 30 million homes across NorthAmerica on DirecTV, Comcast, Verizon FiOS and other video providers or bylogging on to http://www.rl.tv
About Maryland Public Television (MPT)
MPT is a leader in the production of broadcast programming for publictelevision. MPT's local/regional television credits include public affairs,original performance, documentary and entertainment programs for the citizensof Maryland. Beyond broadcast, MPT creates instructional videos, developstraining and builds Internet sites that serve tens of thousands of students,teachers and child-care providers annually. MPT outreach activities,especially relating to arts, culture and history, take place in all areas ofthe state to further fulfill MPT's mission to engage, enlighten and entertain.For more information on MPT visit http://www.mpt.orgHealthcare '08: Search for Solutions Airing Schedule RLTV - 3:30 p.m. EDT May 1 Michael Bloomberg, Mayor of New York City May 8 John Erickson, CEO, Erickson Retirement Communities