Hollywood on the Potomac

Tech-in-Gov Salon

October 15, 2019

"One of the most famous tenants staying here was the 27th vice president of the United States James Sherman working alongside with the US president William Howard Taft at the beginning of the last century,"said H.E. Erzhan Kazykhanov, The Ambassador of Kazakhstan, while opening an evening of Tech-in-G0v Salon “Connecting the Unconnected”  at the residence co-hosted by Kathy Kemper, CEO and Founder of the Institute For Education.

“We are delighted to host distinguished speakers and guests for a timely discussion on the connected and the unconnected. The internet and technology revolutionized our world enabling social economic change, internet connectivity’s basic human rights and essential elements of sustainable development goals as it was mentioned by the Secretary General in his speech at the United Nations. Some say that the digital era is turning machines into people. I think that machines cannot replace people but can become partners. Technologists are not about leaving people unemployed but enabling people to do more valuable and important things. My country ranked number 39 in the UN countries for its government development in this. My country is playing a major role in promoting global internet connectivity and we draw from the best experience of our partners around the world.”

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'The Price We Pay'

October 10, 2019

What is the price we pay?  “So, The Price We Pay is a three year project to visit every healthcare stakeholder in America traveling around the country to get out what are the real drivers of high healthcare costs and who are the innovators who are lowering healthcare costs,” author Marty Makary, told Hollywood on the Potomac at a book party in his honor at Halcyon House in Georgetown, DC hosted by Jay Newton Small and Kate Goodall.  

“In the end, I was very optimistic at the disruptors who are changing the business of medicine – making it more transparent, more direct, focusing less on the billing throughput model and more on the relationship outcomes model that is rewarding quality over quantity. And what I found is that it was a revolt, a revolution, really among doctors to say, ‘Let’s redesign healthcare from scratch because our current system is completely broken.’ Obamacare is massively misunderstood by both supporters and critics. Obamacare delivered some patient protections that were bi-partisan. Let’s be honest and say that was big deal. It expanded coverage. We can argue that it was a clunky and expensive way to do it, but it did partially fulfill the goal of  expanding coverage. The biggest goal was to lowering health care costs and that it failed to do and that’s not only my opinion, but others as well.  It also means that getting rid of it is not because it failed in its attempt to lower healthcare costs. Getting rid of it doesn’t automatically lower the costs.  The real drivers of health care costs being so high are pricing failures and inappropriate care.  On those issues, there’s actually broad bipartisan consensus in the United States on how to fix the system. People just need to understand it.”  That’s a tall order.

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Brad Pitt! 'Ad Astra'!

October 8, 2019

"We're delighted to have you here for this special discussion of this new science fiction film Ad Astra, said Fred Ryan, Publisher & CEO of The Washington Post.  "Looking at the room, I see half of our newsroom here.  I hope there's not any big breaking story this afternoon.  We're pleased to have with us today Brad Pitt; the film's director James Gray; and NASA officials Sarah Noble and Lindsay Aitchison.  As the 50th anniversary of the moon landing this summer reminded us, space still captivates the public imagination. Even as unmanned probes photograph distant corners of our universe, we still feel the natural human longing to explore beyond our known world. This is why NASA is preparing for the next phase of human space flight with ambitious plans to launch sustainable missions to the moon within the next decade. Eventually, they intend to send astronauts to Mars.”

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