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Saving to speak on “Medicare: Does It Have a Future?”

Dr. Thomas Saving will deliver the Burkett Miller Distinguished Lecture Monday, October 9 at noon in the University Center auditorium. His topic will be “Medicare: Does It Have a Future?”

Saving was appointed by President Bush to the President’s Commission to Strengthen Social Security and to the Board of Trustees of the Social Security and Medicare Trust Funds under the Clinton administration. He earned a B.A. from Michigan State University, and his Master’s and Doctoral degrees from the University of Chicago. He holds the titles of University Distinguished Professor and Jeff Montgomery Professor of Economics at Texas A&M University and Director of the Private Enterprise Research Center.

Saving is a nationally recognized expert in the areas of both Social Security and Medicare and was invited to give testimony before President Clinton’s National Bipartisan Commission on The Future of Medicare. He has consulted extensively on these issues, including contracts with the American Medical Association and Federal Trade Commission.

Saving has authored numerous public policy articles that have appeared in the popular press, is both a referee and a member of the editorial board of major U.S. economics journals, and is currently a co-editor of Economic Inquiry and Medicare Reform: Issues and Answers and co-author of The Economics of Medicare Reform.

Dr. Carolyn Thompson will critique Saving’s presentation. Thompson earned a B.A. at Emmanuel College in Boston, an master’s in social work from Saint Louis University, and her Ph.D. in political science at Johns Hopkins University. She has held academic positions at the Johns Hopkins University of Medicine, the Kennedy-Krieger Institute, and the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, where she was the founding chair of the Master of Health Administration program. She is the author of numerous articles on American and international health policy issues.

Sponsored by the Scott L. Probasco, Jr. Chair of Free Enterprise, this event is free to the public; however, seating is limited and on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information on the speaker and speech, contact the Probasco Chair at (423) 425-4118.

July 21, 2006

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