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Mar 23

Conservative Women's Network: Special Panel on the Second Anniversary of Obamacare

"On the Second Anniversary of Obamacare: Why We Must Fight for Repeal in the Courts and in the Congress"

Nina Owcharenko
As director of the Center for Health Policy Studies, Nina Owcharenko oversees The Heritage Foundation’s research and policy prescriptions on such issues as health care reform on the federal and state levels, Medicare and Medicaid, children’s health and prescription drugs.

Owcharenko (pronounced oh-CHAH-renko) is well known in Washington policy circles as a champion of patient choice and robust competition in America’s health insurance markets. She was promoted to director of health policy studies in June 2010, following more than 14 months as deputy director. Her responsibilities at the time included coordinating the think tank’s relevant research and leading the advocacy of its stances as debate in Congress over health care reform heated up in 2009.

Owcharenko, who joined Heritage in 2001, has made the case for consumer-based health policy solutions as a guest expert on dozens of radio and television programs. Her research and analysis have been published in newspapers and periodicals around the country, as well as in such noted policy journals as Health Affairs. She has made presentations at national, state and professional conferences.

Karen Harned
Karen Harned serves as Executive Director of the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) Small Business Legal Center, a post she has held since April 2002. Prior to joining the Legal Center, Ms. Harned was an attorney at Olsson, Frank and Weeda, P.C., a Washington, D.C. law firm specializing in food and drug law. At Olsson, Frank and Weeda, P.C., she represented several small and large businesses and their respective trade associations before Congress and federal agencies. She also served as Assistant Press Secretary to U.S. Senator Don Nickles of Oklahoma from August of 1989 to March of 1993. Ms. Harned received her B.A. from the University of Oklahoma in 1989 and her J.D. from The George Washington University National Law Center in 1995. She is admitted to practice in the District of Columbia.

As Executive Director of the NFIB Small Business Legal Center, Ms. Harned comments regularly on small business cases before federal and state courts, as well as the U.S. Supreme Court. She has appeared on Fox News, Fox Business, NBC Nightly News and MSNBC, as well as National Public Radio, CBS Radio, and radio outlets across the country. Her opinion editorials and articles regarding healthcare reform, lawsuit abuse, regulation, and other issues important to small business have been published in newspapers and other publications nationwide.

Ms. Harned has testified before Congress on the small business impact of regulation and the civil justice system. Additionally, she has conducted numerous webinars and legal compliance seminars for small business owners across the country on issues relating to employment law, including unionization and immigration.

Hadley Heath
Hadley Heath is a senior policy analyst at the Independent Women's Forum specializing in health care, entitlements, economics and fiscal policy. Her previous work also includes independent research on Western European media systems in England, France, Germany, and Spain, and a service project in Calcutta, India.

Heath appears frequently in print, broadcast, and radio outlets across the country, and her work has been featured in publications including National Review Online, Townhall.com and The Daily Caller. She also manages IWF's Health Care Lawsuits Web site. She regularly represents IWF in coalition meetings and conferences around the globe.

Prior to joining IWF, Heath studied economic development and globalization with the School of International Training in Santiago, Chile. She graduated with distinction from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as a Morehead-Cain Scholar with a bachelor's degree in economics and journalism. Heath has also been featured in several publications such as The Star and The Scholar for her accomplishments.

Carrie Severino
Carrie Severino is chief counsel and policy director to the Judicial Crisis Network. In that capacity she has briefed Senators and Congressmen, appeared on MSNBC, FOX, CNN, and C-SPAN, and regularly speaks and writes on judicial issues, particularly constitutional law, the Kagan nomination, the federal nomination process, and state judicial selection. She filed amicus briefs on behalf of 43 U.S. Senators and and Speaker Boehner in the Supreme Court litigation challenging the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

Until March 2010, Carrie was an Olin/Searle Fellow and a Dean's Visiting Scholar at Georgetown Law Center. She was previously a law clerk to U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas and to Judge David B. Sentelle of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. She is a graduate of Harvard Law School, cum laude, of Duke University, and holds a Master's degree in Linguistics from Michigan State University.

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