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Heather Bresch is chief executive officer of Mylan, a generics and specialty pharmaceutical company. During her 20-year career with Mylan, Bresch previously served as the company’s president, chief operating officer and chief integration officer. In addition to her current role, Bresch also sits on the company’s board of directors. She has served two consecutive terms as chairman of the Generic Pharmaceutical Association and provides expert testimony to national institutions, such as the U.S. Congress and the U.S.
Federal policymakers have been consumed lately with various efforts—productive and foolish alike—to reduce the federal deficit and tame long-run debt projections. After the severe recession and a large amount of stimulus spending drove the deficit to $1.4 trillion in 2009, many lawmakers, economists, and concerned voters began a renewed effort to curb the size of government and put the federal budget on a sustainable path. Substantive, structural changes to federal health and retirement policies are necessary to achieve this goal.