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When then-CNBC's Maria Bartiromo (second from right, front row) asked if Americans have a right to comprehensive healthcare, Mike replied that the real issue is one of responsibility. Just as JFK said " ...ask what you can do for your country," Mike challenged viewers to lose weight to reduce the country's healthcare costs. He pointed out that if the average weight of overweight Americans returned to the level of 1991, it would save $1 trillion - enough to insure all uninsured citizens and quadruple spending on medical research. Mike was joined on the July 27, 2009 CNBC special, "The Future of Healthcare," by (L-R front row) Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm and WellPoint CEO Angela Braly, and (L-R back row) American Medical Association President James Rohack, Cleveland Clinic Chairman of Cardiovascular Medicine Steven Nissen, Eli Lilly CEO John Lechleiter and former U.S. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist.