Members of the newly formed "National Coronavirus Recovery Commission" will have their first meeting on Thursday, with the objective of discussing ways to save lives and save livelihoods.
The Commission will be led by the president of The Heritage Foundation, Kay C. James, and includes experts and thinkers from government, public health, disaster response and relief, academia and education, business, and the faith community.
"We believe that good public health policy is good economic policy – and let's face it, there are a number of Americans who have either lost their jobs or are facing the prospect of doing so," says Robert Bluey, spokesman for the commission. "We want to be able to balance the public health needs … while also having the conversation about how we get America back to normal again, and how we get people back to work again, once we find our way through this crisis."
Tomorrow's meeting will likely be private, but Bluey says the Commission will have additional videoconferences through the month of April. Moreover, the Commission will be soliciting ideas (via their website) from those who want to submit their thoughts.
At the conclusion of the Commission's meetings, the reports from each discussion will be compiled into a final report for the public and their policymakers.
Bluey explains that the goal is to move swiftly. "It's one of the other reasons why we think that the private sector can probably do it a little bit better than government," he continues.
"Americans want to get back to work and get their lives back to normal as soon as we reach the peak and start moving to a point where it's safe to do so. We want to be prepared with our recommendations when that moment comes."
In addition to Kay James of The Heritage Foundation, commissioners include former U.S. Senator and Governor George Allen (R-VA), John A. Allison IV, former CEO of BB&T banking, Timothy E. Flanigan, chief legal officer for Cancer Treatment Centers of America, Rev. Samuel Rodriguez of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, and Christian author and speaker Joni Eareckson Tada.