CHAMPAIGN — Former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle, D-S.D., will speak at noon Oct. 25 at the University of Illinois College of Law on the federal Affordable Care Act.
Daschle, now a senior policy adviser with the Washington law and lobbying firm DLA Piper, will speak on the legal, administrative, regulatory and legislative challenges facing the health care law, also known as Obamacare.
Daschle, who is not a lawyer, was elected in 1978 to the U.S. House of Representatives, where he served for eight years. In 1986, he was elected to the Senate and was chosen Senate Democratic leader in 1994.
Daschle was one of the longest-serving Senate Democratic leaders in history and the only one to serve twice as both majority and minority leader.
Since leaving the Senate, Daschle has written "Critical: What We Can Do About the Health-Care Crisis" and "Getting It Done: How Obama and Congress Finally Broke the Stalemate to Make Way for Health Care Reform."
Daschle's Oct. 25 speech is free and open to the public. It will be held at the Max L. Rowe Auditorium at the College of Law Building, 504 E. Pennsylvania Ave., C.