The Lasker Dynasty Continues

Roz Diane Lasker succeeds Mary Lasker in health policy

Roz Lasker has had a remarkable career. After publishing a few papers on endocrinology from 1982 to 1986, she suddenly switched to health policy and administration in 1990, and zoomed up to the position of Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health Policy Development, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health, US Department of Health and Social Services.

Lasker RD abstracts / PubMed

Roz Lasker's leading role in "Hillary Clinton's" Health Care Plan

From the Nov. 1995 newsletter of the Coalition of the Public and Physicians for Sensible Health Care Reform, USA: Health plan advisors were well-paid. "The White House may have 'touted the long hours and sacrifices' made [by] the preparers of Hillary's ill-fated health care plan. But many advisors were well-paid for their consultation. White House lawyers had advised Clinton to use full-time government employees. Records checked under the Freedom of Information Act 'lay bare a multi-multi-million dollar hired bureaucracy.' A few figures revealed from those records show what some advisors received: Walter Zelman, $101,649; Clifton Gaus, $87,336; Roz Lasker, $85,101; Lawrence Levitt, $70,429; Arnold Epstein, $47,999. The Republicans have begun to review. (The Virginian-Pilot, 02/21/95)."

From the Atlanta Constitution, Feb 21, 1995, p A7; Downfall of Clinton Package, by John Solomon of the Associated Press. "The few who were paid were members of a White House inner circle, hired as consultants for an extended period to work on Mrs. Clinton's health task force and working groups and beyond - although White House lawyers cautioned against it... Critics denounced the arrangement. 'It insinuates, into the very process of government, corporations and individuals that stand to profit from it,' said Jane Orient, head of the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons, whose lawsuit forced the White House to disclose its working documents... Among the highest paid: Walter Zelman, a former California state official and activist for the citizens group Common Cause. He received $101,649 between January 1993 and March 1994, at a rate of $48.39 an hour. Zelman left the administration after the plan's defeat. Brian Biles, who earned $97,950 over the same period. His work typifies that of many of the advisors. Biles, a former congressional staffer, began as a consultant and eventually became deputy assistant secretary at HHS. He recently left for the private sector. The AP identified at least 18 other members of the working groups who were paid a total of $851,620 as HHS consultants. They included: Clifton Gaus, former director of the Georgetown University's Center for Health Policy Studies, ($87,336 at $357 a day). He now heads the U.S. Agency for Health Care Policy and Research at HHS. Roz Lasker, a University of Vermont medical professor and former analyst with the Physician Payment Review Commission: $85,151 at $46.48 an hour. She works full time at HHS. Lawrence Levitt, a former California state insurance official: $70,429 at $33 an hour. He has left the administration. Arnold Epstein, a Harvard University medical professor: $47,999 at $48.78 an hour. He has returned to his job. At the same time, some medical professionals who volunteered their time to advise the task force couldn't even get their travel costs reimbursed."

The American Association of Physicians and Surgeons' lawsuit against Hillary Clinton and her Health Care Task Force.

AAPS v. Clinton / AAPS Online

The former head of the Democratic National Committee's healthcare reform campaign, Richard F. Celeste, became chairman of the Health Effects Institute.

The Alliance With RWJF

From Conspiracy to Commit Journalism: The Media's Attacks on the Scaife Foundations, by Tim Graham. "The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation placed five fellows on Hillary Clinton's secret health care task force, and when that secrecy became an issue, the foundation doled out half a million to put on four town meetings with the First Lady to create the appearance of a public dialogue. The foundation also funded polls for the White House and studies for pro-Clinton groups like Families USA, including one that doubled the estimates of uninsured Americans. But media outlets raised little fanfare when the Johnson Foundation paid NBC News $3.5 million in 1994 for a two-hour, commercial-free special on health care entitled 'To Your Health.'

"The main attraction of the foundation-funded NBC special was Hillary Clinton, who referred repeatedly to NBC's taped horror stories of uninsured sick people as proof of the need for the Clinton plan. The program opened and closed with tributes to Mrs. Clinton for bringing this important issue to public attention. The other speakers also suggested a pro-Clinton tilt: on-stage panelists leaned two-to-one in favor of the Clinton plan or a single-payer plan. Speakers from the audience also leaned to the liberal side by two to one. The audience clapped loudly at declarations in favor of socialized medicine. The media did not warn the public of conspiracies of collusion between 'Clinton-lover' foundations and journalists."

[All of this was actually just a classic Lasker propaganda offensive, the kind that they had perpetrated over and over again for 50 years to get their way in Congress. And the interpretation that it was about loving the Clintons was exactly what they wanted, too - the Laskers have used them all. It was really an all-out drive to accomplish one of Mary Lasker's earliest objectives, a national health care system, before she kicked the bucket. Hillary was just a puppet who would get the public credit, while the Syndicate, with its power vastly expanded, continued to rule in secret. -cast]

Graham / AMPP

IOM Roundtable

Institute of Medicine Roundtable meetings in 1995 and 1996 were a summit for members of the health fascist organizations and government agencies, from which their report "Healthy Communities: New Partnerships for the Future of Public Health" was concocted. They were funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Centers for Disease Control, and the Kellogg Foundation. Members included Margaret A. Hamburg, Jo Ivey Boufford, Nancy Kaufman of RWJF, Roz Lasker, and William L. Roper. David Satcher and Kenneth I. Shine attended.

IOM Roundtable / Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

The "Initiative for Public Health and Medicine"

In 1992, Steven A. Schroeder, the President of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation called for an alliance of medicine and public health, meaning that the American Public Health Association and the American Medical Association should join forces to persue the health fascist agenda. (The importance of relating medicine and public health. SA Schroeder. Am J Med Sci 1992 Jun;303(6):355-359.)

Schroeder - Am J Med 1992 abstract / PubMed

The alliance between the American Medical Association and the American Public Health Association began in 1994. Includes picture of Roz Lasker. Joe Painter of the MD Anderson Cancer Center is longtime anti-smoking activist Charles "Enron Director" LeMaistre's crony. R. Palmer Beasley of the UT-Houston School of Public Health had to defy the Lasker Syndicate's resistance while establishing that hepatitis B virus causes liver cancer; his collusion with them is unfortunate. The "Medicine/Public Health Initiative" website at UT-Houston was funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. [dead links "UT-Houston: Triggering the Initiative" and].

Medicine/Public Health Initiative / UT-Houston Medical Center
The National Committee / UT - Houston Medical Center

Peddling the Initiative to doctors: The AMA's corresponding health fascism page, and an interview with Roz Lasker in Physician's News Digest, June 1997. Notice that PND doesn't ask any real questions of Her Highness. [dead link to the AMA's corresponding health fascism page]

Roz Lasker interview / Physician's News Digest 199

"Medicine and Public Health: The Power of Collaboration"

Medicine & Public Health: The Power of Collaboration," Roz Lasker's 1997 collective manifesto of the health fascist alliance, funded by RWJF, plus assistance from Lester Breslow; Denis Prager of RWJF; Gail Warden, RWJF Trustee since 1996; the AMA, APHA and many others. It has been praised by Philip R. Lee, J. Michael McGinnis, William L. Roper, and others of the health fascism clique.

Medicine & Public Health The Power of Collaboration / Calmedfoundation (pdf, 192 pp)
"Medicine and Public Health: The Power of Collaboration" / NYAM Center for the Advancement of Collaborative Strategies in Health (pdf, 192pp)
[dead link "Partners in Medicine & Public Health Collaboration"]

Medicine & Public Health Initiative National Committee Members List, as of Sep. 28, 1999. The National Committee includes William H. Foege, Jeffrey P. Koplan, Roz D. Lasker, Philip R. Lee, and David Satcher. [dead link]

"Promoting Collaborations that Improve Health," by Roz D. Lasker, Apr 29-May 2, 2000, Washington, DC. Funded by the Fetzer Institute, WK Kellogg Foundation, and RWJF. On UCSF "Community-Campus Partnerships for Health" website.

"Promoting Collaborations that Improve Health," 2000 / UCSF (pdf, 38pp)

"Opportunities for medical research in the 21st century, a JAMA theme issue in collaboration with the Albert and Mary Lasker Foundation;" in particular, "Burden of disease - implications for future research," making fraudulent claims against tobacco, based on the usual lifestyle questionnaire junk science of the Lasker-controlled Harvard School of Public Health. [dead link]

Joseph A. Riggs, a member of the Board of Trustees of the American Medical Association, was a member of the Lasker Trust's Funding First "Leadership Team." [dead link]

Roz Lasker's RWJF Grants

Her grants from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation total at least $952,865. "Public Health and Medicine: Partnering to improve community health," $749,774, Feb. 1996 to Jan. 1998; "Development and dissemination of a pocket guide on Medicine and Public Health Collaborations," $124,902, Aug. 1997 to Oct. 1998; "Dissemination of a Monograph on Medicine and Public Health Collaborations to health professions students," $78,189, from Jul. 1998 to Jan. 1999. The Monograph was mailed to 145,000 health and public health professionals and organizations, and to 40,000 incoming medical, public health, and community health nursing students.

Roz Lasker's grants / Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

The Pew Trusts

Roz Lasker and the usual suspects (Jo Ivey Boufford, Philip R. Lee, Steven A. Schroeder of RWJF) served as the "Policy Experts with Whom Health and Human Services Program Staff Consulted." RWJF Vice President Paul Jellinek was also a member. Pew Trust HHS Director Maureen K. Byrnes had a 2000 budget of $41,238,000. They call this, "Public Voices, Public Choices." [dead link]

University of North Carolina

UNC Management Academy for Public Health: "[C]ourses are taught by faculty members in the School of Public Health and the Kenan-Flagler Business School.... William L. Roper, Professor and Dean of the School of Public Health, serves as Principal Investigator for the Management Academy.... Guest speakers and past faculty include Roz Lasker MD, Director of the Center for the Advancement of Collaborative Strategies in Health Care at the New York Academy of Medicine;..." [dead link]

Roz Diane Lasker's presidential candidate, Howard Dean III

The Howard Dean Page

New York Academy of Medicine

"Roz D. Lasker, M.D. directs the Division of Public Health and the Center for the Advancement of Collaborative Strategies in Health at The New York Academy of Medicine. She is also Clinical Professor of Public Health in the Division of Health Policy and Management at the Joseph L. Mailman School of Public Health of Columbia University." Elsewhere on the website, she is described as "a native New Yorker." [10-02-05]

Roz Diane Lasker bio / New York Academy of Medicine


cast 12-14-03