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Liberman Featured in College's Last Lecture Series

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By Marisa Ramiccio

If you could only share one final message with your colleagues in both the community and the university, what would you say?

That question is the focus of the Last Lecture Series, which is hosted by the College of Health and Public Affairs. The series gives accomplished professors an opportunity to share their message with students, faculty and alumni.

Professor Emeritus Aaron Liberman, from the Department of Health Management and Informatics, was the most recent presenter in the series. More than 80 people attended his lecture, "Fixing America's Health Delivery System: A Proposal for the Expansion of Medicare to all of America's Citizenry," which took place at the FAIRWINDS Alumni Center on Dec. 2. A networking reception hour preceded the program, which lasted two hours.

During his speech, Liberman emphasized the importance of affordable health care, as well as the importance of addressing health care issues as unified Americans.

"In other words, we as a nation, as a people, not as Republicans or Democrats, not as Conservatives or Progressives, but as people who love their country, must recognize that health care today is a basic right of citizenship in this country," Liberman said. "And we must find a way to make that coverage available to all of our citizens without bankrupting the economy of America."

Liberman then discussed the ways in which he believes health care could be made affordable, particularly the Medicare Program, which sparked his interest in health services administration almost 50 years ago.

Liberman retired from the University of Central Florida in 2014 as a professor and former chair of the HMI Department. He is a trained hospital administrator and worked actively in the field as a CEO and COO of several hospitals and health services organizations. He also earned and has retained State of Florida licensure and certification as a health care risk manager. Liberman was awarded the rank of professor emeritus in April 2014 for his contributions to the university.

To read the full remarks from Liberman's lecture, click here.

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