Dean, Gingrich to Debate ‘Health Care Today’ Oct. 28 at Southeast


Photo of former Gov. Howard Dean and former Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Newt Gingrich

Former Vermont governor and Democratic National Committee Chair Howard Dean, left, and former Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Newt Gingrich, right, will debate “Health Care Today” at Oct. 28 in the Show Me Center


Oct. 12, 2009 – Former Vermont governor and Democratic National Committee Chair Howard Dean and former Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Newt Gingrich will debate “Health Care Today” at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 28, in the Show Me Center.

The event is part of the University’s 2009-2010 Speaker Series. Tickets are $8 for the public and are currently on sale. Tickets may be purchased at the Show Me Center Ticket Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, online at or charge by phone at (573) 651-5000. Admission to the event is free to Southeast faculty, staff and students with a Redhawks I.D., and no ticket is necessary. 

Moderating the debate will be Erik Peterson, senior vice president of the Center for Strategic & International Studies (CSIS), where he is director of the Global Strategy Institute. As director, he heads the Seven Revolutions Initiative, an internationally recognized effort to identify and forecast global trends to the year 2025 and beyond. Peterson also holds the William A. Schreyer Chair in Global Analysis at CSIS. For his contributions to the Center, he received the 2006-2007 CSIS Trustees Award. Before joining CSIS, he was director of research at Kissinger Associates.

Howard Dean

After achieving national prominence in his bid for the Democratic nomination for president in 2004, Dean founded Democracy for America to build on the groundswell of support and the wave of new energy sweeping the Democratic Party.  He also served as chairman of the Democratic National Committee from 2005 to January of this year.

His recognition on the issues related to health care began while serving as Vermont governor. Through his innovative health care plan, 96 percent of Vermont’s children now have health care coverage and more than a third of Vermont’s Medicare recipients receive state help in paying for their prescription drugs. His ‘Success by Six’ program ensures that more resources like day care and home nurses are available to parents if they need them. With strong support from Dean, Vermont officials instituted an Interactive Learning Network that wired almost all the state’s high schools, even in the most rural areas.

Newt Gingrich

Gingrich is well-known as the architect of the “Contract with America” that led the Republican Party to victory in 1994 by capturing the majority in the U.S. House for the first time in 40 years. After he was elected Speaker, he disrupted the status quo by moving power out of Washington and back to the American people.

Widely recognized for his commitment to a better system of health care for all Americans, his leadership helped save Medicare from bankruptcy, prompted Federal Drug Administration reform to help the seriously ill and initiated a new focus on research, prevention and wellness.  His contributions led the American Diabetes Association to awarding him their highest non-medical award and the March of Dimes naming him their 1995 Citizen of the Year.

In his book, Saving Lives and Saving Money, Gingrich describes his vision of a 21st Century System of Health and Healthcare that is centered on the individual and is prevention focused, knowledge intense and innovation rich.   In 2003, Gingrich founded The Center for Health Transformation to achieve this goal.

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Former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean


Former Speaker of the U.S. HouseNewt Gingrich