New School President Bob Kerrey engages in an informal discussion with Tom Daschle, former U.S. senator and congressman, leading healthcare reform advocate, and public policy expert.
They discuss the growing misinformation and confusion surrounding the healthcare debate, and discuss possible solutions to this increasingly complex problem.
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.
January 1, 2011, Bob Kerrey completed his tenure as seventh President of The New School, a university founded on strong democratic ideals and daring educational practices, an environment that was well suited for his leadership. He also served as New School's President Emeritus from January 1, 2011 to January 31, 2013.
Prior to coming to The New School Bob Kerrey represented Nebraska in the United States Senate. For two terms, Senator Kerrey emphasized the direct connection between citizens and their laws, and made a concerted effort to allow Nebraskans to participate in writing laws that defined the quality and inclusiveness of their health care system, their schools and the safety of their communities. He served on the Senate's Agriculture and Forestry Committee, Senate's Appropriations Committee, Senate's Finance Committee, and last but not least on the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence where he worked to restructure our intelligence agencies to improve their capacity to meet the threats faced by our country. Prior to serving in the U.S. Senate Bob Kerrey served a single term as Nebraska's Governor. He established a reputation as a fiscal conservative who regularly crossed political party lines for the good of Nebraska and the Country.
Bob Kerrey served three years in the United States Navy. While in Vietnam, he was wounded, permanently disabled from the injury, and from this injury received a great gift: Sympathy for those who are suffering and an appreciation for the capacity of government to save your life. Before his time in the Navy Bob Kerrey attended the University of Nebraska graduating in January 1966 with a BS degree in pharmacy. He was born in Lincoln and attended public schools there. In 2002 he published a memoir "When I Was A Young Man."
Bob Kerrey is married to Sarah Paley and lives in New York. The couple has a 12-year-old son, Henry, and Mr. Kerrey has two children from his previous marriage, Ben and Lindsey Kerrey, and four grandchildren.
Former U.S. Senator Tom Daschle criticizes the news media's sensational coverage of the healthcare debate and town hall protests. "The media have acted as irresponsibly on this debate as anything I've seen in public life," he says.
Daschle tells that we should treat them for flu. Yes, very true! Flu, bronchitis and all other respiratory infections are mostly contagious. Close contact with infected patients can spread the infection to healthy people too. Bronchitis if left untreated can lead to complications. So it is a must that they need to be treated if reported to have been affected by flu, bronchitis or any other respiratory infection that is contagious
1. Once someone has the flu, they are contagious to others, whether a doctor sees them or not.
2. We should all be so lucky that illegal immigrants show up at the ER with the flu. That would be inexpensive. The reality is that they show up in the ER with stab wounds from a fight- or motor vehicle crash injuries from drunk driving (and killing a 4 year-old girl despite already having 3 DUI convictions on his driving record) and/or not wearing seat belts. Last month, they just fled the scene after killing another driver in a hit-and-run crash, (they literally got out of their car and ran) and when the cops finally tracked down their address from their abandoned car's license plate, they had already taken a Greyhound bus back to Mexico.
But Daschle insists we should treat them for the flu. As if that would make any difference. It would be far cheaper to put Greyhound bus stops at every emergency room all the way to Mexico.
Former Senator Daschle makes a pretty clear case in flushing out the health care progress from it's past incrementally and tortuously slow movement of small successes to the present administrations full court press, and more importantly why it needs to be. He does a good service by exposing the distortions, lies, and walls built to protect the status-quo to the determent of the majority of Americans.