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Perspectives Series: Former US Senator Tom Daschle
Confronting America's Health Care Crisis

Fri May 2, 2008 at The Lyndon Baines Johnson Museum and Library

Critical: What We Can Do About the Health-Care Crisis
Critical: What We Can Do About the Health-Care Crisis

 The Center for Politics and Governance, the Center for Health and Social Policy, and the Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum hosted former Democratic Leader of the United States Senate Tom Daschle. Senator Daschle delivered his remarks, "Confronting America’s Health Care Crisis," and signed copies of his book Critical: What We Can Do About the Health Care Crisis, written with research help from Scott Greenberger and LBJ School of Public Affairs Professor Jeanne Lambrew. Books will be available for purchase at the event.

More on Critical: What We Can Do About the Health-Care Crisis from the publisher:

Undoubtedly, the biggest domestic policy issue in the coming years will be America's health-care system. Millions of Americans go without medical care because they can't afford it, and many others are mired in debt because they can't pay their medical bills. It's hard to think of another public policy problem that has lingered unaddressed for so long. Why have we failed to solve a problem that is such a high priority for so many citizens?

Former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle's solution lies in the Federal Reserve Board, which has overseen the equally complicated financial system with great success. A Fed-like health board would offer a public framework within which a private health-care system can operate more effectively and efficiently-insulated from political pressure yet accountable to elected officials and the American people. Daschle argues that this independent board would create a single standard of care and exert tremendous influence on every other provider and payer, even those in the private sector.

 Tom Daschle
Tom Daschle
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Tom Daschle was born in Aberdeen, South Dakota on December 9, 1947. He graduated from South Dakota State University before joining the United States Air Force in 1969, where he served until 1972. Daschle was elected as a Democrat to the Ninety-sixth Congress in 1978 and reelected three times before being elected as a Democrat to the United States Senate in 1986. During his career in the Senate he served as co-chair of the Democratic Policy Committee in the Democratic Conference (1989-1999); Minority Leader (1995-June 6, 2001; 2003-2005); and Majority Leader (June 6, 2001-January 3, 2003). Senator Daschle was defeated in his third bid for re-election to the US Senate in 2004. Currently, he is a Special Policy Advisor at the law firm Alston & Bird, a visiting professor at the Georgetown Public Policy Institute at Georgetown University, and a Distinguished Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress.

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