Arianna Huffington is the co-founder and editor-in-chief of The Huffington Post, a nationally syndicated columnist, and author of fourteen books. Her newest book, Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom, and Wonder was published by Crown in March 2014 and debuted at #1 on the New York Times Bestseller list.
Since launching in 2005, The Huffington Post has become one of the most widely-read, linked to, and frequently-cited media brands on the Internet. In 2012, the site won a Pulitzer Prize for national reporting.
Huffington has been named to Time Magazine's list of the world’s 100 most influential people and the Forbes Most Powerful Women list. Originally from Greece, she moved to England when she was 16 and graduated from Cambridge University with an M.A. in economics. At 21, she became president of the famed debating society, the Cambridge Union.
She serves on several boards, including HuffPost’s partners in Spain, the newspaper EL PAÍS and its parent company PRISA; Onex; The Center for Public Integrity; and The Committee to Protect Journalists.
Question: What’s changed since 1994, can the democrats pass a comprehensive health care plan?
Arianna Huffington: Well, actually, in ’94 remember, Newt Gingrich took over, and so we had divided, you know, had the White House in the hands of Bill Clinton and then Congress in the hands of Newt Gingrich. But, yes, I certainly think that all the trends at the moment are for a Democratic sweep in November, although I don’t think we should take anything for granted because John McCain is still a very, very much seen in the media as the John McCain of 2000, and not the John McCain of 2008. But nevertheless, that is definitely very likely, and therefore, if real leadership is exercised there is a very good chance that we could end up with finally having some form of universal healthcare insurance, which is desperately needed in this country-- 47 million people are uninsured. And also that we would be able to move closer to energy independence, and bring the troops home from Iraq. That, I think, has to be our number one action.
Recorded on: March 9, 2008