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Health Care Debate at Pomona College: A critical examination of presidential candidates' health care policies

The Pomona Student Union at Pomona College presents its “Health Care Debate ‘08” on Monday, April 28, at 7 p.m., featuring two nationally recognized health care policy analysts - David Beier and Richard Brown. What kinds of policies are candidates proposing to reform the health care system? How will these proposals impact our generation?

The event is open to the public, free of charge and will be held in the Pomona College, Smith Campus Center Edmunds Ballroom (170 E. Sixth St., Claremont).

David Beier is currently the senior vice president of Global Government Affairs for Amgen and formerly a partner in the law firm of Hogan and Hartson, in Washington, D.C., where he represented clients in the health care and technology fields, including pharmaceutical and biotechnology firms. He has an extensive government affairs and public policy background, previously serving as chief domestic policy advisor to then-Vice President of the United States Al Gore, from 1998 to early 2001. He also held positions as vice president of government affairs and public policy for Genentech and staff counsel in the U.S. House of Representatives. Beier holds a J.D. from Albany Law School and a bachelor's degree from Colgate University.

E. Richard Brown is the founder and director of the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research and a professor at the UCLA School of Public Health. His recent research focuses on a variety of polices that affect the access of disadvantaged populations to health care. Brown and the Center's studies of health insurance coverage, uninsurance, and eligibility for public programs have been used by California's governors, legislators and advocates in crafting health insurance legislation and programs. He served as a full-time senior consultant to the President's Task Force on National Health Care Reform, for which he co-chaired the work group on coverage for low-income families and individuals. He was health policy adviser to several candidates for President and is currently advising Senator Barack Obama. A past president of the American Public Health Association, he received his PhD in sociology of education from the University of California, Berkeley.

The Pomona Student Union is committed to raising the level of honest and open dialogue on campus. By helping students become more knowledgeable and better informed on the social and political issues that confront our society, we create informed citizens to better serve us all.