AMAC 2014 Health Care Symposium to get under way

Washington, DC - Leading experts will gather here next week to focus on "actionable, innovative solutions" to the nation's health care crisis, including the failure of the Veterans Administration to adequately provide for the needs of wounded warriors.

The AMAC Foundation's 2014 symposium, June 9 and 10, will also put the spotlight on Medicare, Medicaid, the needs of the uninsured, the preservation of Doctor/Patient relationships, tort reform and preventive medicine, according to Dan Weber, president of the Association of Mature American Citizens.

"There is bound to be keen interest in our planned open discussion of the needs of service men and women who are returning to civilian life and the obligations of government.  Certainly the Veterans Administration scandals that have come to light in recent weeks have piqued interest in the topic.  But, the symposium is designed as a comprehensive discussion of the health care needs of all Americans in the near term and the long term.  And, while we will address ways to cope with new laws and regulations, our intent is not to exploit the controversies arising from the implementation of Obamacare." Weber said.

He added that symposium participants will not "just talk about the issues, they are tasked with identifying specific actions that can help effectively deal with the crucial health care problems our nation faces.  We're not looking for sound bites; we're looking for solutions."

The 2014 AMAC Foundation National Health Care Symposium will be held at the Washington Court Hotel, June 9-10.  Attendance is free for those who have registered at www.amachealthcaresymposium.com.

The experts who have signed up to lead and participate in the Symposium include:

  • Dr. Doug Holtz-Eakin, President of the American Action Forum and most recently a Commissioner on the Congressionally-chartered Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission.
  • Robert E. Moffit, Ph.D., Senior Fellow in The Heritage Foundation's Center for Health Policy Studies.  Dr. Moffit also served as a Reagan Administration appointee in U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Office of Personnel Management (OPM).
  • Grace-Marie Turner, Founder and President of the Galen Institute, a public policy research organization dedicated to promoting an informed debate over free-market ideas for health reform.
  • Lt. Gen Jack Klimp, USMC (Ret.), President of the National Association for Uniformed Services.
  • Scott Gottlieb, M.D., a practicing physician and a Resident Fellow at the American Enterprise Institute.
  • Ratanjit Sondhe, founder and CEO of www.DiscoverHelp.com and an acclaimed author, writer, and columnist.
  • John C. Goodman, president and CEO of the National Center for Policy Analysis and author of the new book, Priceless: Curing the Healthcare Crisis. He is widely known as the "Father of Health Savings Accounts."  Modern Healthcare named him as one of four people who have most influenced the modern health care system.
  • Dr. Beth Haynes, Executive Director at The Benjamin Rush Institute.  Previously in private practice with board certification in both Family Practice and Emergency Medicine, Dr. Haynes has been working full time in health care policy for the past four years.
  • Michael F. Cannon, the Cato Institute's director of health policy studies.  Previously, he served as a domestic policy analyst for the U.S. Senate Republican Policy Committee.
  • Senator Kelli Ward (AZ), Vice Chair, Health & Human Services Committee.  She has been politically active in her profession since she was a medical student.
  • Dr. Lee Gross, Co-founder and Senior Vice President of Epiphany Health and serves on the Board of Trustees at Fawcett Memorial Hospital.
  • Marc O'Connor, COO and Chief Strategy Officer of Curant Health, a transformational healthcare company focused on improving patient outcomes while reducing health care spending.
  • Author and public policy expert Kathryn Serkes, who developed the highly acclaimed "THRIVE, Not Just Survive" independent private practice workshop oriented toward development of patient-centered practices for the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons.

"We've assembled a formidable team to deal with the formidable health care issues this country faces," Weber commented.

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