‘Sleepy Hollow’ actress talks ObamaCare

Couresty of Brian Higbee

Sweden native Katia Winter stars in the hit Fox television series “Sleepy Hollow.” Her other film credits include “Love Sick Love,” the 2011 film “Arena” and the independent film “Happy & Bleeding.” Winter also appeared in an episode of “NCIS” and joined the cast of “Dexter” for its 7th season. She will next be seen in the thriller “Banshee Chapter,” scheduled to open in theaters this year.

Robin Bronk: If you had five minutes in the Oval Office with President Obama, what would you discuss with him? What issue would you like him to know about?

Katia Winter: Being born and raised in Sweden, I grew up with universal healthcare. Since it is such a divisive issue in the current political climate, I would like to discuss the potential revolutionary healthcare changes he is trying to make for the American people. 

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I believe every individual has a right to healthcare, regardless of their economic situation. I also understand it is going to be very difficult to change a for-profit model. I know there was huge opposition for Medicare in the 1960s, but now it is an integral part of society. Even with the predictable hiccups in the beginning, I am hoping the Affordable Care Act will be implemented and become another historic piece of legislation to benefit all American people. Coming from Sweden, albeit a smaller country in population, I know what a difference it makes to live in a society where one doesn’t have to worry about getting sick and paying for healthcare.

RB: If you could ask the president one question, what would that be?

KW: I would like to know more about the president’s long-term vision for the American healthcare system. What does he envision it to look like 20 years from now? Will it resemble the Swedish system or would it be a different model altogether?

RB: What piece of advice would you give the president as he finishes his second term in office?

KW: I would say, “stick to the beliefs that got you elected in the first place. Don’t feel the need to compromise with the opposition party all the time. Be forceful and try to make as many positive changes as possible and leave a solid platform for the next president to build upon.”

RB: If you were going to send President Obama to one of your favorite places in the United States for one day, where would that be? Why? 

KW: I would rather send him to Stockholm during midsummer in June. It is a magical place that time of year, and the sun never sets. He would be able to relax, enjoy Swedish culture, have some pickled herring and schnapps. Who knows, he might even like the salted licorice!

RB: What CD would you recommend that the president add to his collection? Why?

KW: I would give him my man’s record that is very dear to my heart: “Passenger X” by Guardian Ghost. Because it is fabulous.

RB: Would you ever consider a political career?

KW: No, I wouldn't pursue a career in politics. But I would absolutely use my celebrity status to elicit change in the things I am passionate about.

Robin Bronk is CEO of The Creative Coalition — the leading national, nonprofit, nonpartisan public advocacy organization of the entertainment industry. Bronk is a frequent speaker on the role of the entertainment industry in public advocacy campaigns and represents The Creative Coalition and its legislative agenda before members of Congress and the White House. She produced the feature film “Poliwood,” airing on Showtime, and edited the recently published book Art & Soul. Bronk pens this weekly column with assistance from Alex Zaglin