The panelists provide reflections on the campaign for healthcare reform and how victory was achieved, and identify the hurdles and challenges to anticipate throughout implementation.
E.J. Dionne, Columnist, Washington Post
Judy Feder, Professor of Public Policy at Georgetown University, Senior Fellow at Center for American Progress
Richard Kirsch, National Campaign Manager, Health Care for America NOW!
Moderated by Marcia Smith, Senior Vice President, The Atlantic Philanthropies
E.J. Dionne Jr.
E.J. Dionne, Jr. is a syndicated columnist with The Washington Post, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, and a professor at Georgetown University. His latest book is Our Divided Political Heart: The Battle for the American Idea in an Age of Discontent, published this spring by Bloomsbury. He is also the author of Why Americans Hate Politics, winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and a National Book Award nominee; They Only Look Dead: Why Progressives Will Dominate the Next Political Era; Stand Up Fight Back: Republican Toughs, Democratic Wimps, and the Politics of Revenge; and Souled Out: Reclaiming Faith and Politics After the Religious Right. A nationally known and respected commentator on politics, Dionne appears weekly on NPR and regularly on MSNBC and NBC’s “Meet the Press.”
Judy Feder is Professor and Dean of the Georgetown Public Policy Institute and was the 2006 Democratic nominee for Congress in Virginia's 10th Congressional District. She is one of the nation's leaders in health policy - most particularly, in efforts to understand and improve the nation's health insurance system.
A widely published scholar, her three decades of policy research began at the Brookings Institution, continued at the Urban Institute, and, since 1984, has flourished at Georgetown University. Her expertise on the uninsured, Medicare, Medicaid, and long-term care is regularly drawn upon by members of Congress, Executive officials, and the national media.
Richard Kirsch was the National Campaign Manager of Health Care for America Now from the Campaign's founding to its successful conclusion in April 2010. HCAN is an 1,100 member coalition, led by major progressive organizations, that deployed staff in 44 states and spent $47 million to organize for comprehensive health care reform. As HCAN's chief spokesperson, Mr. Kirsch appeared on PBS's "The News Hour with Jim Lehrer", CNN, ABC's "World News Tonight" and "Good Morning America," Fox, CSPAN, and the "Colbert Report" and was frequently quoted in the New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal and other national newspapers as well as NPR's "Morning Edition," "All Things Considered" and "Marketplace." Mr. Kirsch now serves as Senior Advisor to HCAN.
Marcia A. Smith is Senior Vice President at The Atlantic Philanthropies, overseeing the four programme areas and their work in six geographies: Bermuda, Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland, South Africa, the United States and Viet Nam. In addition, she supervises Strategic Learning, Communications and Advocacy. Ms. Smith is based in New York.