Florida Students Participate in Healthcare Reform Town Hall

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Armed with well prepared research, they investigated both President Obama and Governor Romney's healthcare reform proposals.
NU Florida students Marina Shtutman and Josh Matthews at the CBS12 studio.

NU Florida students Marina Shtutman and Josh Matthews at the CBS12 studio.

October 5, 2012

Florida students were recently invited to participate in a CBS WPEC Town Hall event which focused on healthcare and the coming election.

Provided the opportunity to interact with the moderator Mark Hyman and panelists who represented all political affiliations, the group researched and developed well prepared questions relating to healthcare reform options presented by both President Obama and Mitt Romney.

Selected by Northwood University professor Timothy Gilbert to attend, student Marina Shtutman said, "Little did I know, the experience was nothing short of entertaining. The stories, comments and questions the guests had and the responses from the panel were very interesting and resourceful. As a newly registered voter it was nice to hear the different views on each party. One of the guests had told a story about how their son passed away due to the health care laws we have in effect now. Another college student asked about how 'Obama care' would affect college students - something I could relate to. All in all it was a great experience one that shouldn't be missed if it becomes available again," she said.

The event was streamed live on, and portions of the segments will be highlighted in its newscasts.

Panelists included:
Dr. Roderick K. King M.D., current Executive Director for the Florida Public Health Institute and holds faculty appointments at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Department of Epidemiology and Public Health. He currently serves on the US Department of Health and Human Services Advisory Committee on Minority Health. His academic work/teaching and key consulting roles focus on improving the health of underserved populations and building healthy communities. Prior to his current work, Dr. King was the New England Regional Director for the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, a Commander in the U.S. Public Health Service and former Senior Advisor to the Bureau of Primary Health Care, HRSA. King holds adjunct faculty appointments at Harvard Medical School, Department of Global Health and Social Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital Disparities Solutions Center and the Department of Health Policy and Management, Center for Public Health Leadership at the Harvard School of Public Health.

Lawrence Gorfine, M.D., a Board Certified in Anesthesiology and Board Certified in Pain Medicine by the American Board of Anesthesiology. He is also Board Certified by the American Board of Pain Medicine. He was Director of Pain Medicine and Associate Professor and Fellowship Director of Pain Management at the Medical College of Virginia. He is Past-President of the Florida Society of Anesthesiologists, and is Past-President of the Florida Academy of Pain Medicine and Past-President of the Palm Beach County Medical Society. He has over 25 years of experience in Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine. He has lectured and taught residents and fellows at university medical centers and has lectured at annual meetings of the American Society of Anesthesiologists. He was the Anesthesiology representative to the Florida Medicare Carrier Advisory Committee for seven years.

John J. Sottilare, a Desert Storm veteran who served as a Petty Officer in the United States Navy performing the duties of an Electronics Technician specializing in Computerized Satellite Communications Systems, for which he held a Top Secret security clearance. After attending DeVry University, Mr. Sottilare began a 20-year career in the Telecommunications Industry holding several senior engineering positions with BellSouth, Cingular, MetroPCS, Verizon and AT&T. Sottilare is currently Vice Chair of the Libertarian Party of Palm Beach County and a former Regional Representative for South Florida and the Treasure Coast. He also serves on the Board of Directors for the Second Amendment Coalition of Florida.

Laura Goodhue, Executive Director of Florida CHAIN, has served as Executive Director of Florida CHAIN for five years organizing for better health care for Floridians. Prior to Florida CHAIN, she worked as a community organizer, and political and policy strategist with the community organization ACORN in Florida and New York City. Prior to her organizing work she worked with Legal Aid of North Carolina on issues related to employment law and immigration. A graduate of American University with two Masters degrees in Political Science and Latin American Studies, she has travelled extensively through the southern hemisphere. In Florida, Laura developed a grassroots Civic School bringing low income families to the state capitol to train in effective lobbying. She is an appointed member of the Florida Health Insurance Advisory Board and Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman-Schultzs Healthcare Working Group. She also serves on the Policy Committee of the Health Council of South Florida, the Board of FIRE (Florida Institute for Reform and Empowerment) and the Florida Covering Kids and Families Board.