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Drury to host national speaker, local panelists at “Medicare For All” town hall on Dec. 4

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Nov. 30, 2018 — Drury University’s Breech School of Business will host a town hall presentation and panel discussion on the topic of “Medicare For All” at 12:30 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 4 in Lay Hall Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public.

The event will begin with a presentation by Wendell Potter, president of the Business Initiative for Health Policy. Potter is an investigative journalist, author, and former insurance company executive. Potter spent more than two decades in public relations roles for large health insurance companies before leaving the industry in 2008 after a self-described crisis of conscience. Potter is the author of two books, “Nation on the Take” and “Deadly Spin,” and is the founder of independent journalism group Tarbell.org.

Potter’s remarks will be followed by a panel discussion with four local healthcare industry leaders, including:

  • William K. Mahoney – President and CEO of Cox Medical Center Branson
  • Matt Aug – President of Cox HealthPlans
  • Adam Whitten – Director of Primary Care Transformation, Mercy Springfield
  • Jim Rogers, MD – Internal Medicine Specialist, Mercy Springfield

The event is hosted by the Breech School of Business Administration and the Missouri chapter of Physicians for a National Health Program.

“Healthcare continues to be a dominant concern for voters,” says Dr. Steve Mullins, professor of economics at Drury. “Prescription drug costs and healthcare reform were the two most important issues on the minds of voters prior to last month’s midterm elections. The Breech School of Business wanted to contribute to this critically important policy question by organizing a public event bringing together a nationally recognized expert like Wendell Potter with local representatives of Springfield’s healthcare providers.”

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