On November 28, 2016, the JKF Jr. Forum had the pleasure of welcoming U.S Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy to the Forum for a discussion with Amitabh Chandra, the Malcolm Wiener Professor of Social Policy and Director of Health Policy Research at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. During this event, Dr. Murthy discussed the growing opioid addiction epidemic in America, the need for adequate healthcare coverage for those dealing with substance abuse, and the future of healthcare laws under the new administration.
Undoubtedly, the most powerful moment of the discussion came when Dr. Murthy passionately encouraged the young people in the audience to consider careers in the public sector at the end of his remarks. Admonishing the audience filled with Harvard undergraduates and Harvard Kennedy School students, Dr. Murthy poignantly stated that “If our country becomes a place where the most talented people are not attracted to government—where the choose to go elsewhere because they feel that government’s not a place where their talents can be used—that is very, very bad for our country. None of us, being members of a democracy, have the luxury of saying that making government work is someone else’s problem, because it’s our problem.” Watch Dr. Murthy's full remarks above.
by Marcus Granderson