P.J. O’Rourke, one of the nation’s most prolific political satirists and commentators, will bring his trademark wit and insights to the Academy’s 2019 Annual Meeting and Public Policy Forum with a keynote address kicking off the meeting. O’Rourke, who pokes good-natured fun at all sides of the political spectrum, will share his insights into the political landscape with his unforgettable, provocative, and often irreverent brand of humor just as the 2020 campaigns move into full gear ahead of the party presidential primaries. His writing has jumped off the pages since the 1970s through today in familiar publications and formats ranging from National Lampoon to Vanity Fair. He is the author of 19 books, including three New York Times bestsellers. He is editor-in-chief of the web magazine on politics and economics, American Consequences, and H. L. Mencken Research Fellow at the Cato Institute in Washington, D.C.
Jessica Altman, Pennsylvania Insurance Commissioner, chair of the National Association for Insurance Commissioners’ Health Insurance and Managed Care (B) Committee, and co-chair of the Long-Term Care Insurance (B/E) Task Force of the Health Insurance and Managed Care (B) Committee and Financial Condition (E) Committee will deliver plenary remarks during lunch on Nov. 6. Altman will share her perspective on proposals to reform and improve the nation’s health care system. She will discuss the current state of and future changes to the Affordable Care Act, as well as options for expanding health insurance coverage through public plans.