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Former Colorado governor to speak on health care issues

ATHENS, Ohio (May 12, 2006) -- Richard D. Lamm, a public policy analyst, former governor of Colorado and 1996 presidential candidate, will speak at Ohio University on Thursday, May 18, about his view that America faces a health-care crisis in the years to come.

Lamm, currently director of the Center for Public Policy and Contemporary Issues at the University of Denver, is a provocative commentator on social and health-care issues. He argues that the challenge of the 21st century is to meet new public needs by rethinking much of what government does. He also believes that the nation will not be able to retire its baby boomers under current social systems, nor provide health care without rethinking the goals of medicine.

In 1996, Lamm ran as the Reform Party candidate for president and appeared on virtually every national news program, including CNN's "Larry King Live" and "Inside Politics," NBC's "Today," ABC's "Good Morning America," PBS' "Lehrer NewsHour" and CBS's "Face the Nation." He has written or co-written six books, and his editorials have appeared in The New York Times, Los Angeles Times and The Boston Globe.

In his 2004 book, "Brave New World of Health Care," Lamm contends that "health care rationing will grow from the isolated exception to the general rule in the next 20 years, especially for retiring baby boomers.

"We are going to have to have a candid dialog and set priorities on spending limits at the beginning of life, the end of life and all points in between," he writes. "This will be increasingly disruptive as boomers face limits on care that they have come to think of as their 'right.'

"No modern nation can build a health care system an individual at a time. The new questions in health care will not only be, What do we need?, but, What can society afford?"

The speech, part of the College of Health and Human Services' Grover Lecture Series, will take place Thursday, May 18, at 7 p.m. in Walter Hall, Room 135. The event is free and open to the public.

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Media Contact:  Director of Communication for the College of Health and Human Services, Jody Grenert, (740) 593-1433 orgrenert@ohio.edu

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