Reining in the Cost of Healthcare

Reining in the Cost of Healthcare

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Sutherland Institute’s 2019 Congressional Series: Join Congressman McAdams in examining healthcare affordability and the increasing costs of Americans’ prescription medicines.

Congressman Ben McAdams is a seventh-generation Utahn who was raised in a family of eight. That’s where he learned hard work, honesty and duty to the community. He was the twice-elected mayor of Salt Lake County and is a former Utah State senator.

As mayor, he brought Republicans and Democrats together to get things done like addressing homelessness and forming partnerships with the private sector to create jobs and improve education — all while managing a balanced budget.  That is the same approach he brings to the U.S. House of Representatives.

He graduated from the University of Utah and Columbia Law School.  He practiced law in New York and Utah, assisting businesses with federal securities regulation compliance.  In the Utah State Senate, McAdams prioritized consumer protection and offered legislation to combat consumer fraud.

“Prescription drugs play a critical role in helping prevent, manage and cure various conditions and diseases. But a recent poll shows that nearly one in four Americans taking prescription drugs say it is hard to afford their medicine. That is wrong and it’s time to offer them some relief.” – Ben McAdams

Congressman McAdams has been selected to serve on the House Financial Services Committee and the House Science, Space and Technology Committee.

He and his wife, Julie – a fellow Columbia Law Graduate – and their four kids live in Salt Lake City, where they enjoy hiking, soccer, baseball and the many cultural activities offered throughout the state. McAdams is fluent in Portuguese and conversant in Spanish.

Following Congressman McAdam’s remarks, a panel will discuss how to rein in the cost of prescription drugs.

*Attendees are required to register. This event will be held at Sutherland Institute 15 W. South Temple, Suite 200, Salt Lake City, Ut, 84101*

Sutherland Institute’s Congressional Series is designed to facilitate civil dialogue and convene stakeholders, elected officials, and community leaders to discuss important issues. They are private events. As such, Sutherland reserves the right to deny access to or remove any individual who interrupts a speaker or panelist, is disruptive or combative in tone, and/or refuses to allow open and civil dialogue. By attending any event, you agree to these terms and conditions.


Courtney Bullard
Courtney Bullard is from Clinton, Utah, although she spent many of her younger years in the Middle East. After graduating with degrees in political science and Arabic, she worked for the Ministry of Social Development in Amman, Jordan, completing health evaluations at refugee camps. While studying in England for a master’s degree in social policy and evaluation, she worked on health and immigration policy evaluations on refugee and immigration issues in England, Lebanon, Jordan and Iraq. Bullard started working for the Utah Health Policy Project in 2018, playing a critical role in the success of the ballot initiative to expand Medicaid. She directs UHPP’s work on healthcare cost legislation. She enjoys playing with her nieces and nephews, practicing the violin, and reading fiction. 

Dr. William S. Smith
William S. Smith is Pioneer’s Visiting Fellow in the Life Sciences. Smith has 25 years of experience in government and in corporate roles. His career has included senior staff positions for the Republican House leadership on Capitol Hill, the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, and the Massachusetts Governor’s Office, where he served under Govs. Bill Weld and Paul Cellucci. He spent 10 years at Pfizer Inc. as vice president of public affairs and policy, where he was responsible for Pfizer’s corporate strategies for the U.S. policy environment. He later served as a consultant to major pharmaceutical, biotechnology and medical device companies. Smith earned his Ph.D. in political science with distinction at The Catholic University of America.

Laura Summers
Laura Summers serves as the senior healthcare analyst at the Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute, conducting research on healthcare data, policies, and impacts to the Utah healthcare sector. Prior to joining the Institute, Summers was the senior director of state intelligence at Leavitt Partners. In addition to providing research and consulting services to payers, providers, and other healthcare companies, Summers led healthcare reform initiatives in Arkansas, Colorado, Idaho, Mississippi, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Texas, Utah and Washington state. Summers previously served as the research director of the Utah Foundation. Summers received her master of public policy with an emphasis in public economics from Brigham Young University and her bachelor’s degree in economics from Westminster College.