Writers Bloc Presents
Biden Senior COVID-19 Advisor Andy Slavitt With Congressman Ted Lieu
Wednesday, June 30, 2021
“Every action taken before a pandemic looks like overkill– and everything afterward looks pathetic.” Andy Slavitt warned us in February 2020 that a merciless pandemic was on its way. With presidential denial, a long siege was at hand. Slavitt, one of the lead Biden White House advisors on national COVID-19 response, knows his way around American healthcare. He headed up Obamacare, and later the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services, and led the fight to hold on to the Affordable Care Act during the Trump administration’s effort to dismantle it.
Andy Slavitt, host of the hugely popular podcast, In the Bubble, has just announced his departure as Senior Advisor on the Biden Coronavirus Pandemic Response Team, but he is not leaving quietly. In his terrific new book, Preventable, Slavitt explores what could have and what should have been done in response to COVID’s onslaught. Slavitt shares the template he created for governors, mayors, and leaders all across the country, to address what we needed to do to stanch the oncoming storm. And he asks questions that we all need to think about: What happens when people don’t listen to science? How do we prepare for the next free fall? How can we achieve unity instead of polarization? How can we fix a fractured health care system that can meet the needs of our next flu, or pandemic? Preventable is a first-hand account addressed to us with a sense of great urgency.
In conversation with Congressman Ted Lieu. Congressman Lieu has represented California’s 33rd Congressional District since 2014. He sits on the House Judiciary Committee, as well as on the House Foreign Affairs Committee. Congressman Lieu served as an Impeachment Manager where he argued the House’s case to impeach and remove President Trump. He has been a powerful voice for cybersecurity measures, human rights, emergency economic aid to workers, climate change, and more.
Author photo credit: Shari L. Gross, Star Tribune, Getty Images