Soundbites: Policy Talks @ the Ford School

November 23, 2021

I am working urgently on universal coverage. I also want to make sure that we remember that coverage alone does not guarantee access to high quality care. Those are two very different things. We have to center equity in all of these efforts. As we advance policies to crush the coronavirus and then enact longer term reforms we need to be thinking about clinical factors, but also non-clinical factors, like social determinants of health, that cause people of color to suffer from adverse health outcomes.

U.S. Representative Lauren Underwood (D-IL). The Gilbert S. Omenn and Martha A. Darling Health Policy Fund Talk: “The future of healthcare policy and the ACA,” March 22, 2021.
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Without minimizing threat of ISIS and al-Qaeda, we have Muslim allies that will allow us to address this using a bunch of capabilities, and they are frankly better now than they were 20 years ago. Domestically [it’s] harder. Our collection abilities are limited by the law because we're not accustomed to looking within because social media, which is one of main mobilizing forces, brings with it a whole set of first amendment concerns. We need to build an architecture that is respectful of civil liberties and recognize we need more visibility into this domestic extremism.

Michael Chertoff, former U.S. Homeland Security Secretary. “Key developments in counterterrorism and national security since 9/11,” September 13, 2021.
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How can we work on the trade policy to make it work in a way that helps promote climate change and green technologies? You have got make sure that the right incentives are in place. On the tax front, I think you also need to think about how those incentives or how those regimes are executed, above and beyond the financial aspects. I think the jury is out on some of this.

Penny Naas (MPP ‘93), UPS President for International Public Affairs and Sustainability, speaking about challenges in moving to green technology. “Diversity, regulation, and sustainability,” September 23, 2021.
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When the politics are wrong, the technical guidance is undermined and the result is bad. When the politics are right, technical guidance is followed and the impact is better. So political intervention is surgical intervention. It changes the paradigm for good or bad.

Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director of the World Health Organization. “Global perspectives on public health,” October 20, 2021.
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