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Tanner to Discuss Health Care

To close out the spring 2010 semester, the President’s Forum Series  is taking on one of the most hotly debated policy issues of the year: health care reform.

Providing a counterpoint to previous President’s Forum guest Howard Dean, Michael Tanner, a senior fellow at the Cato Institute, will share his expertise on Thursday, April 22 as the final speaker of the spring 2010 Series lineup with a talk titled “What Now for Health Care.” 

As the former director of research of the Georgia Public Policy Foundation, former legislative director for the American Legislative Exchange Council and now at the Cato Institute, Tanner knows policy.

At Cato, Tanner heads research into a variety of domestic policies with a particular emphasis on health care reform, social welfare policy, and Social Security.  Under Tanner’s direction, Cato launched the Project on Social Security Choice, which is attempting to transform the Social Security system into a private savings program. Time magazine calls Tanner, “one of the architects of the private accounts movement,” and Congressional Quarterly named him one of the nation’s five most influential experts on Social Security.

His most recent book, “Leviathan on the Right: How Big-Government Conservatism Brought Down the Republican Revolution,” chronicles changes in the Republican Party as it has shifted away from its limited government roots and warns that reform is necessary to avoid continual electoral defeat.  His other books include, “Healthy Competition: What’s Holding Back Health Care and How to Free It,” “The Poverty of Welfare: Helping Others in Civil Society,” and “A New Deal for Social Security.”  Tanner’s writings have appeared in nearly every major American newspaper, including the New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Wall Street Journal and USA Today.  

Tanner’s talk will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Geneva Room in the Warren Hunting Smith Library.  As always, President’s Forum events are open to the public.

Established in the winter of 2000 by President Mark D. Gearan, the President’s Forum Series is designed to bring a variety of speakers to campus to share their knowledge and ideas with students, faculty and staff of the Colleges, as well as with interested community members.