Architect of Carter's health care reforms dies

AP News
Posted: May 05, 2011 11:12 PM

A health care policy expert who helped develop President Jimmy Carter's doomed national health plan and was one of the architects of Massachusetts' landmark health care law has died. Dr. James Mongan was 69.

The San Francisco native was Carter's deputy assistant secretary of health. He developed a health plan that failed following disagreements among Democrats.

He later served as president of New England's largest hospital chain, Partners HealthCare System Inc. He was president of Massachusetts General Hospital and was dean of the Missouri School of Medicine.

Partners HealthCare says Mongan died Tuesday in Boston. It said Thursday the cause of death was cancer.

Mongan began his medical career there at Kaiser Foundation Hospital. He also served as a member on the Kaiser Commission on the Future of Medicaid and the Kaiser Family Foundation Board of Trustees.