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Event Archives: 2015

All New America events for the given year are available below. To jump to another year's archives, please use the links at right. To view upcoming events click here.

21st Century Health Care: The Information Technology Impact on the Quality and Cost-Effectiveness of Health Care

Thursday, November 6, 2003 - 11:11am

Please join us for a discussion of the emerging role of information technology in health care. From tracking outbreaks of diseases to doctor/patient e-mail communication and medical record storage, information technology has demonstrated great potential for not only improving the quality of our health system but also for achieving significant cost savings. Janet Marchibroda and Bill Bernstein will discuss the benefits of investing in a national health information infrastructure.

Our Armed Forces Stationed in Iraq: The Next Swing Voters?

Wednesday, November 5, 2003 - 11:00am

This event launched the November 2003 edition of the Washington Monthly.


From Napster to FCCster: Will 'Smart Radio' and Direct Citizen Access to the Airwaves make the FCC Obsolete?

Friday, October 31, 2003 - 11:00am

Because the FCC has been slow to provide adequate spectrum for unlicensed broadband applications like Wi-Fi, growing numbers of software-savvy citizens are poised to adapt off-the-shelf Wi-Fi equipment to operate on the largely vacant, licensed bands adjacent to the crowded unlicensed frequencies. According to Scott Rafer, author of the provocative FCCster.com web site, unless the FCC acts quickly to provide more unlicensed spectrum for citizen access, the coming era of software defined radios will subvert the paradigm by which our airwaves are regulated and controlled.

Is Japan Serious About Economic Reform? Will it Ever Get Better?

Thursday, October 30, 2003 - 11:00am

TADAO YANASE previously headed METI's offices in New York and served as a Senior Advisor to JETRO there. He is now serving as Special Advisor to the Director General of METI's powerful Industrial Policy Bureau and is helping to coordinate METI's policy deliberations and to focus METI on a credible reform and revitalization plan for Japan's economy.


Learning from the U.K.? Building Financial Security for American Children

Tuesday, October 28, 2003 - 11:00am

Children's investment accounts are gaining political momentum throughout the world. The United Kingdom recently enacted a universal Children's Trust Fund initiative, Singapore funds child development accounts throughout a system of Baby Bonuses, and various proposals have emerged in the United States. Join our panelists and invited legislators as they consider the concept and highlight a new groundbreaking initiative to test progressive saving and asset building for all American children.


21st Century Health Care Policy in America: Can New Reform Efforts Avoid Repeating History?

Friday, October 24, 2003 - 12:00pm

A decade ago, President Clinton took office promising to overhaul the nation's health care system. As health care costs continue to climb and the ranks of the uninsured grow, health care reform is returning to the public agenda. Christine Ferguson and Chris Jennings, veterans of the 1990's debate on health reform, will talk about lessons learned from their experiences and discuss how they would tackle this issue today. Chris Jennings served as a Senior Health Policy Advisor to President Clinton and was a major proponent of the Clinton health plan.

The State of the Commons: A Report to America's Stakeholders on their Commonly Held, Government Managed Assets

Thursday, October 23, 2003 - 12:00pm

All Americans are joint owners of a trove of hidden assets. These assets - natural gifts like air and water, and social creations like culture and the Internet - constitute our shared inheritance. They're vital to our lives and make our economy run. Though it's impossible to put a precise value on them, it's safe to say they're worth trillions of dollars.

Recently, Peter Barnes, David Bollier and Michael Calabrese served on an

Healthcare Reform in Germany: Conflicting Interests and Financial Constraints

Thursday, October 23, 2003 - 12:00pm

Franz Knieps will describe recent reforms in the German health system and address the implications for the American system. Germany has recently taken steps to improve quality, increase cost efficiency, strengthen health care structures, and modernize the management of the health care system in response to a tight economic situation and an aging population. What can America learn from this?


The Role of Technology in the Global War Against Terror

Thursday, October 16, 2003 - 12:00pm


The New America Foundation
1630 Connecticut Ave., NW 7th Floor

Finding Health Care: An Innovative Model for the Independent Workforce

Wednesday, October 15, 2003 - 12:00pm

Sara Horowitz will discuss the organization she founded and runs, Working Today, and how it provides New York City's growing independent workforce with health benefits. Working Today's Freelancer's Union allows part-time, contract, self-employed and temporary workers to pool together to purchase health insurance and other benefits from other providers. Independent workers make up almost a third of the nation's workforce- what are the implications of this innovative model for covering the nation's uninsured?