Hayworth recalled how she dominated the conversation during lunch, peppering Huckabee with questions. When it was over, he presented her with a signed copy of his book with the note "Good luck, Congresswoman."
Hayworth described her district, which includes the West Point Military Academy, as being split almost evenly between Republicans, Democrats and independents and said she never uses the term "Obamacare" to describe the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, because she finds it "disrespectful."
"We all want the same exact thing: We want America to thrive," she said. "So why should there be an argument? The argument, of course, is how do we get there?"
During the "Brave New World of Integration" program, Dr. Alan Kaplan, chief medical officer and vice president of the Iowa Health System, talked about forging a deal that will merge some 10 or more local physicians groups when it's done. "Groups have cultures," he said. "If you try to merge cultures, it will be painful—bypass cultures."
In an interview, Kaplan says the as-yet-unnamed new group will be the Iowa Health System's senior clinic and will consist of employed physicians remaining in their own groups with each group having an equal say in governance. Kaplan called this the "Senate model," in which a 300-physician group will have the same vote as 20-doc group.
"The new physician organization is a blank piece of paper," Kaplan explains. "Instead of 'I need to join you,' or 'You need to join me.'"
The Saturday morning keynote speech was given by Chris Matthews, host of the "Hardball" television show.
After sharing his thoughts on GOP presidential hopefuls and the politicization of Medicare, Matthews took questions from the audience on healthcare reform, Libya and what do with Iraqi war combatants—and it appeared that perhaps he was not satisfied with his own responses.
"By the way, the best questions are unanswerable," he said. "We've proven that today."