The National Constitution Center's Sixth Annual John M. Templeton, Jr., Lecture on Economic Liberties and the Constitution will consider the issue of health care, which has commanded national attention and become a focal point of debate during the 2008 presidential election process.
Delivering this year's lecture, titled "Health Care, Choice or Mandate?" will be Secretary Tommy Thompson, former U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services and the 42nd Governor of Wisconsin, with a response from Senator Tom Daschle, former Senate Majority Leader from South Dakota- National Constitution Center
Tom Daschle is a senior policy advisor in DLA Piper’s Government Affairs practice and serves as a member of the DLA Pipers Global Board. He is a former US senator (D-SD) and served as Senate majority leader from 2003 to 2005. In 2007, Daschle joined with former majority leaders George Mitchell, Bob Dole, and Howard Baker to create the Bipartisan Policy Center. Daschle serves on the board of the Center for American Progress and the National Democratic Institute and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He also is a member of the Health Policy and Management Executive Council at the Harvard School of Public Health as well as a member of the Global Policy Advisory Council for the Health Worker Migration Initiative. His most recent book, Getting It Done, is a close-up look at the 2009 passage of health care reform legislation.
Professor Kmiec headed the Office of Legal Counsel for Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H. W. Bush. He is the former dean and St. Thomas More Professor at The Catholic University of America Law School. For nearly two decades, he was a member of the law faculty at the University of Notre Dame, where he was also director of the Center on Law and Government.
He has been a White House Fellow, a Distinguished Fulbright Scholar on the Constitution (in Asia), and the inaugural Visiting Distinguished Scholar at the National Constitution Center. His published work includes four books on the American Constitution. He has also authored several legal treatises and related books, and hundreds of articles and essays.
Tommy G. Thompson
Tommy Thompson is a Senior Partner at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP, a Washington, D.C., law firm, and is former Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. In his position as Secretary, he served as the nation's leading advocate for the health and welfare of all Americans.
He worked to modernize and add prescription drug coverage to Medicare for the first time in the program's history. A leading proponent of welfare reform, Secretary Thompson also focused on expanding services to seniors, the disabled and low-income Americans.
Additionally, he was Chairman of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, and as such helped elicit unprecedented investment to stop the spread of these diseases worldwide. Prior to these positions, Secretary Thompson served as the Governor of Wisconsin, working to expand health care access across all segments of society. He earned his law degree from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He is a Republican candidate for the 2008 presidential election.
Former U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Tommy Thompson and HHS secretary nominee Tom Daschle both advocate for a healthcare system that encourages competition between insurers by creating biddable "pools" of uninsured Americans, including those with preconditions.