Paul Rogers (JD 48) has changed the face of American health care in his five decades of service (private practice and 24 in the U.S.Congress), which is the theme of the just published book, “A Portrait in Leadership, A Fighter for Health: The Honorable Paul Rogers.”
Studded with personal anecdotes and re-creations of political jousting, the book depicts the law-making process in the nation’s capital and provides insight into the qualities of a winning leader. While in office, for example, Rogers managed to preserve the National Institutes of Health by turning a predicted House vote of at least 270 in favor of a separate cancer research institute to a vote of 350 to 5 against removing the institute from NIH.
Rogers’ legislative legacy touches virtually every aspect of the nation’s health status, including radiation-emissions, ozone-damaging CFCs, drug and medical-device approval, migrant workers, rural health care, consumer prescription package inserts and the health workforce. He gave us the Clean Air Act, established the National Institute on Aging, and fast-forwarded the war on cancer.
Today, Rogers works with several groups, including the National Coalition for Health Care, which has been lobbying for universal health care coverage; and the Campaign for Public Health, which seeks increased funding for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. He also is an advocate for bringing American health programs to the developing world, in part as a way to build relations with those nations.
The book is written by Dr. Roger Bulger, president of the Association of Academic Health Centers, Washington, D.C, and Shirley Sirota Rosenberg (Carden-Jennings Publishing Co. Ltd.).
— TIM LOCKETTE