With the Supreme Court nearing a decision on the legality of the Affordable Care Act and its individual health care mandate, host Allen Scott and BGOV Health Analyst Christopher Flavelle speak with former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle about the potential political fallout of a high court reversal. Daschle discusses the potential impact of the ruling for President Obama’s re-election chances and assesses the likelihood of further health reform under a Republican administration.
With the future of the individual mandate in question, Bloomberg Government Health Analysts Matt Barry and Peter Gosselin analyze the potential winners and losers coming from a high court reversal, as well as some possible alternatives to the individual mandate.
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Matt Barry is a health analyst for Bloomberg Government focusing on Medicare, Medicaid, public health and prevention issues. Barry has more than 20 years of health policy experience in the executive and legislative branches of the federal government, non-profits, private consulting and public affairs firms. He has worked on payment and access issues under Medicare and Medicaid, tobacco control policy, rural health care, and childhood immunization policy.
Christopher Flavelle is a health-care policy analyst for Bloomberg Government. He holds a master’s degree from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs and a bachelor’s degree from McGill University. Before Bloomberg, he examined the 2009 U.S. stimulus package for ProPublica, the investigative news group in New York.
Peter Gosselin is a senior health policy analyst with Bloomberg Government. He had been a special economic adviser for health reform at the Department of Health and Human Services and chief speechwriter to Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner. Prior to his stint in government, Gosselin spent 35 years in newspapers, most recently as chief economics correspondent for the Los Angeles Times. He has a bachelor’s degree from Brown University and an MBA in economics from Columbia Business School.
Allen Scott (moderator) specializes in customer on boarding and training at Bloomberg Government. Allen previously worked at Arbitron, Inc. where he served in a variety of roles from customer service to sales operations manager. Prior to Arbitron, Allen worked in radio for several years in the Washington and Baltimore areas. Most recently he spent six years at 99.1 HFS as co-host and news director.
Tom Daschle was born in Aberdeen, South Dakota and graduated from South Dakota State University in 1969. Upon graduation, he entered the Air Force where he served as an intelligence officer in the Strategic Air Command until mid-1972.
Following completion of his military service, Senator Daschle served on the staff of Senator James Abourezk. In 1978, he was elected to the House of Representatives where he served for eight years. In 1986, he was elected to the Senate and eight years later became its Democratic Leader. Senator Daschle is one of the longest serving Senate Democratic Leaders in history and the only one to serve twice as both Majority and Minority Leader. During his tenure, Senator Daschle navigated the Senate through some of its most historic economic and national security challenges. In 2003, he chronicled some of these experiences in his book, “Like No Other Time: The 107th Congress and the Two Years That Changed America Forever.”
Today, Senator Daschle is a senior policy advisor to the law firm of DLA Piper where he provides clients with strategic advice on public policy issues such as climate change, energy, health care, trade, financial services and telecommunications. Since leaving the Senate, he has distinguished his expertise in health care through the publication of “Critical: What We Can Do About the Health-Care Crisis” and “GETTING IT DONE: How Obama and Congress Finally Broke the Stalemate to Make Way for Health Care Reform.” Daschle has continued to be a leader on climate change and renewable energy, as well as a variety of other public policy challenges.
In 2007, he joined with former Majority Leaders George Mitchell, Bob Dole, and Howard Baker to create the Bipartisan Policy Center, an organization dedicated to finding common ground on some of the pressing public policy challenges of our time. Senator Daschle serves on the board of the Center for American Progress, acts as the vice chair of the National Democratic Institute, and is a member of the Council of Foreign Relations.
He also is a member of the Health Policy and Management Executive Council at the Harvard School of Public Health, in addition to the Aspen Global Policy Advisory Council for the Health Worker Migration Initiative. He is a member of the GE Healthymagination Advisory Board, the Children’s Heartlink International Advisory Board and co-chair of the Executive Council on Development at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.
In addition, Senator Daschle’s board memberships include the Lyndon Baines Johnson Foundation Board of Trustees, the Blum Foundation, the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition Advisory Council and the Advisory Committee on the Trust for the National Mall.
He is married to Linda Hall Daschle and has three children and four grandchildren.