'Healing Healthcare' Important to CEO Steve Sanger '68

'Healing Healthcare' Important to CEO Steve Sanger '68

July 29, 2007

Steve Sanger 2006.jpgJuly 29, 2007, Greencastle, Ind. - "General Mills chairman and CEO Stephen W. Sanger sees the situation surrounding the uninsured as untenable," reports CNBC of the 1968 DePauw University graduate. "He's part of two business groups calling for universal reform: Better Health Care Together and the Coalition to Advance Healthcare Reform," reports the network. The story includes a video interview of Sanger by Bertha Coombs.

The report continues, "Sanger says a system that 'leaves that many people out isn't sustainable long term.' Any successful reform, says Sanger, will need an 'emphasis on market based reform' that empowers the user as well as physicians. 'I think if you don't find ways to reduce cost, it's going to be difficult to extend coverage to all the uninsured.'"

The piece notes the recent move by Massachusetts to enact a law mandating health care for all residents, which California is now considering. "There are a lot of efforts going on in states that we'll benefit from," Sanger says.

Coombs also talks with another "agent of change," Jonathan Gruber, a professor of economics at MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), whose work helped create the model for universal health coverage in Massachusetts.

Access the "Healing Health Care" story and accompanying video at CNBC.com.

Steve Sanger was recently appointed to a board that advises the National Football League's Minnesota Vikings. General Mills is among the nation's top 50 firms for diversity, according to a recent survey by DiversityInc magazine. Learn more about the report, which also lists Cummins Inc., led by chairman and CEO Tim Solso '69, among its fifty honorees, in this previous story.