Reading Between the Lines: A Final Push on Health Care
Author: Sandra Swirski & Sara Barba
You may have noticed recently that health care has become the centerpiece of conversations in Washington… again. Earlier this year, in July, the Senate tried and failed to pass a bill that would repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, and most folks in Washington thought Republicans were done trying to gut the health care law. Then, last week, Senators Lindsay Graham (R-SC) and Bill Cassidy (R-LA) revived the effort (pun intended).
This week, we’ll take a closer look at what this last-ditch effort on health care could mean for tax reform. Here are the headlines.
Details Will Come Later
Following clear frustration from rank-and-file Republicans in the House, Ways and Means Chairman Kevin Brady (R-TX) told members they would receive more details of the Republican tax reform plan the last week of September. The Senate Finance Committee also scheduled two hearings on tax reform over the past two weeks for its members – but that was before the health care revival, and tax reform’s oxygen has been sucked away once more, this time by the Graham-Cassidy bill.
51st Annual Meeting Speaker Highlight: James E.K. Hildreth, Ph.D., M.D.
Author: Southeastern Council of Foundations
In 2020, two issues have dominated the conversation in philanthropy: the COVID-19 pandemic and the fight against racial injustice. The two issues are also highly intertwined, with the weight of the pandemic falling disproportionately on Black and Latinx communities.
One speaker at SECF’s 51st Annual Meeting may be more qualified than anyone else to discuss the inequity of the pandemic: James E.K. Hildreth, president and CEO of Nashville’s Meharry Medical College, the first medical school for African Americans in the South, and one of the world’s foremost researchers of infectious disease, particularly HIV/AIDS.
Hildreth will speak during Race, Place & Systemic Inequities, a concurrent session taking place on the Annual Meeting’s first day. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, Hildreth has been vocal online, using his Twitter account to urge continued public vigilance to fight the pandemic. Earlier this month, Hildreth wrote a letter to Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee urging a statewide mask mandate.
“We need a coordinated, statewide response to combat this virus and that can only be achieved with your forceful leadership, particularly on masking,” Hildreth wrote. “Decisions made during this pandemic should be guided by science, and the science clearly dictates that masks effectively reduce transmission.”