Thursday, May 8
Conference Welcome and Keynote Presentation
Explore the political issues currently impacting the health care industry with keynote speaker Ezra Klein, who will offer his take on issues ranging from health care IT to legislation.
Ezra Klein is a columnist for Bloomberg News. He most recently left The Washington Post, where he oversaw Wonkblog, to start a new media publication at Vox Media focused on giving the public crucial contextual information necessary to understand what's happening in the world today. "We treat the emphasis on the newness of information as an important virtue rather than a painful compromise. The news business, however, is just a subset of the informing-our-audience business — and that’s the business we aim to be in. Our mission is to create a site that’s as good at explaining the world as it is at reporting on it," Klein said about his new publication.
He is also a regular contributor and policy analyst for MSNBC, where his commentary focuses on, as Klein describes it, "domestic and economic policy-making, as well as the political system that’s constantly screwing it up."
Prior to joining The Washington Post and Bloomberg News, Klein was an associate editor at The American Prospect and a columnist at Newsweek. In addition to appearing and hosting on MSNBC, he has also appeared on “Charlie Rose,” “Real Time with Bill Maher,” “The McLaughlin Group,” “The Colbert Report” and many more. The Economist named him one of the "Minds of the Moment."
In 2010, Klein was named Blogger of the Year by both The Week magazine and the Sidney Hillman Foundation for his extensive coverage of the health care debate and Congress' passage of the Affordable Care Act.
In 2011, TIME named his blog one of the 25 best financial blogs, and the Society of American Business Editors and Writers named Klein as their 2011 Opinion Columnist of the Year. In 2012, GQ named him to their 50 Most Powerful People in Washington list, saying, "as proprietor of the Post's Wonkblog, Klein has become a singular journalistic force," and Esquire named him to their 79 Things We Can All Agree On list, saying "Ezra Klein gives economics columnists a good name."
He likes graphs and appendix tables, and he lives in Washington.