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Young Leaders Circle Forum With Tom Coburn

Wednesday April 2017


Dr. Tom Coburn MI's Nick Ohnell Fellow in Health Policy; former U.S. Senator

Dear YLC Members and Friends,

We are disappointed to announce that due to inclement weather and a cancelled flight, Dr. Tom Coburn is unable to attend our Young Leaders Circle event scheduled for today, April 5th.

Today's YLC event will be cancelled but please stay tuned for our rescheduled April program. We will be in touch shortly.

With the collapse last week of a major health care reform bill in the U.S. House of Representatives, the Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare") remains in place. But as MI's scholars and a host of other analysts have shown, in the long run Obamacare is not fiscally sustainable—its costs to the federal government, states, and individuals will continue to rise. Given the present law's problems, what might the next attempt at a major overhaul look like? In the interim, what can be done by the new administration, together with Congress, to rein in rising health care costs and allow states to innovate with respect to providing consumer-oriented alternatives? And moreover, how should we think about the future of health care and biomedical innovation more broadly?

Next Wednesday, April 5, the Manhattan Institute (MI) and Young Leaders' Circle (YLC) are proud to welcome MI's Nick Ohnell Fellow in Health Policy, former U.S. Senator Dr. Tom Coburn. As a former member of the U.S. House and Senate, practicing physician, and cancer survivor, Coburn brings unrivaled personal and professional knowledge to the national conversation about health care reform. Please join us as he discusses Obamacare, prospects for improving health delivery in the U.S.—and a range of others subjects, including how best to bring biotechnological discoveries to market, modernizing the FDA, his years of experience on Capitol Hill, and more.

Dr. Coburn is an MI senior fellow and an advisor to MI's Project FDA. While representing Oklahoma in the U.S. Senate, he was the ranking member of the Committee on Homeland Security and served on the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions. He was selected as co-chair of the President's Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS in 2001. A longtime advocate of FDA reform, Dr. Coburn introduced the "Promoting Accountability, Transparency, Innovation, Efficiency, and Timeliness at FDA" Act with Senator Richard Burr in 2012. Dr. Coburn continued to see patients while he served in Congress. He is a graduate of Oklahoma State University and University of Oklahoma Medical School.

We will cover a lot of ground in our conversation, and very much look forward to seeing you there.