Alexis McGill Johnson & Henry Waxman: The State of the US Healthcare System

Event Details

Oct. 7

5:00 to 6:00 p.m.

Alexis McGill Johnson & Henry Waxman: The State of the US Healthcare System
Planned Parenthood President Alexis McGill Johnson & former Congressman Henry Waxman, will speak about The State of the Nation’s Healthcare System

Two of the country’s foremost experts on healthcare, Alexis McGill Johnson, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, and former Congressman Henry Waxman, the giant of health policy who retired from Congress after 4 decades of service in which his core expertise and issue was health care, will be joining us to look at the current state of the nation’s health care including access to safe and legal abortions, and racial bias in our health care systems. They will explore the impact of the Trump administration on health care policy and will look to the future and what must be done to ensure proper access to health care for all Americans.

Alexis McGill Johnson brings a researcher’s lens to the justice issues of our time. She is a renowned social and racial justice leader, lifelong political and cultural organizer, and a tireless advocate for reproductive rights and access to quality, affordable health care.She is the co-founder and former co-director of the Perception Institute, a consortium of researchers, advocates, and strategists who translate cutting edge mind science research on race, gender, ethnic, and other identities into solutions that reduce bias and discrimination, and promote belonging. She is a frequent commentator on FOX News, CNN, MSNBC, and in the press. She holds degrees from Princeton and Yale Universities and has taught political science at both Yale and Wesleyan Universities.

Henry Waxman served as the U.S. Representative for California’s 33rd congressional district from 1975 to 2015. His district included much of the western part of the city of Los Angeles, as well as West Hollywood, Santa Monica and Beverly Hills. He now serves as chairman at Waxman Strategies, a DC-based communications and lobbying firm, working on healthcare, environmental, energy, technology, financial services, labor and telecommunications issues. In addition, he as an advisor and lecturer at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Waxman was considered to be one of the most influential liberal members of Congress and was instrumental in passing laws including the Infant Formula Act of 1980, the Orphan Drug Act of 1983, the Drug Price Competition and Patent Term Restoration Act of 1984, the Clean Air Act of 1990, the Ryan White CARE Act of 1990, the Food Quality Protection Act of 1996, the State Children’s Health Insurance Program of 1997, the Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act of 2006, the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act of 2009 and the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010.