With the disastrous launch of the HealthCare.gov website, critics of the Affordable Care Act, or "Obamacare," were given more fuel for the fire. Is this political hot potato's inevitability once again at stake? And is the medical community really on board with the law, or resisting (rewriting?) it from the sidelines?
Jonathan Chait (b. 1972) is a senior editor at The New Republic and a former assistant editor of The American Prospect. He also writes a periodic column in the Los Angeles Times. A graduate of the University of Michigan, he wrote for The Michigan Daily while in college. He began working at The New Republic in 1995. His writing has also appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Slate and Reason.
John Donvan is the moderator for "Intelligence Squared U.S." He is an author and correspondent for ABC News. He has hosted "Nightline," "World News," "Good Morning America," and NPR’s “Talk of the Nation,” in addition to producing “My Generation” for PBS. He has also served as ABC’s Chief White House correspondent and held postings in London, Jerusalem, Moscow and Amman. Recognized by the National Magazine Awards for his 2011 Atlantic profile piece “Autism’s First Child,” he is currently writing a book on the history of autism to be published by Crown in 2013.
Scott Gottlieb is a practicing physician and resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, a private, nonpartisan, not-for-profit institution dedicated to research and education on issues of government, economics and social welfare.
From 2005 to 2007, Dr. Gottlieb served as deputy commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration and before that, between 2003 and 2004, as the FDA’s director of medical policy development and senior advisor to the FDA commissioner. He left FDA in the spring of 2004 to work on implementation of the new Medicare Drug Benefit as a senior adviser to the administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, where he supported the agency's policy work on quality improvement and coverage and payment decision-making.
Dr. Gottlieb has authored more than 300 articles that have appeared in leading medical journals as well as the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, USA Today, and Forbes. He has held editorial positions at the British Medical Journal and the Journal of the American Medical Association and appears regularly as a guest commentator on CNBC.
He earned his B.A. in economics from Wesleyan University and his M.D. from the Mount Sinai School of Medicine. Dr. Gottlieb practices medicine as an attending physician at Stamford Hospital in Connecticut where he is an internist on the hospital’s inpatient medical wards.
Doug Kamerow, M.D., is a family doctor and specialist in preventive medicine; a chief scientist in health services and policy research at RTI International, a large, non-partisan research institute; and a professor of clinical family medicine at Georgetown University, where he teaches medical students and family medicine residents. He is also an associate editor of the global medical journal BMJ, for which he writes a regular column on health policy, and he recently published a book of essays titled Dissecting American Health Care (2011). Previously, Kamerow spent 20 years in the U.S. Public Health Service, leading a range of clinical, health policy, and research activities, and retiring as an assistant surgeon general in 2001.
Megan McArdle's work history includes three start-ups, four years as a technology project manager for a boutique consulting firm, a summer as an associate at an investment bank, and a year spent as sort of an executive copy girl for one of the disaster recovery firms at Ground Zero.
While working at Ground Zero, she started Live from the WTC, a blog focused on economics, business, and cooking. From there it was but a few steps down the slippery slope to freelance journalism. For the past four years she has worked in various capacities for The Economist, where she wrote about economics and oversaw the founding of Free Exchange, the magazine's economics blog. She has also maintained her own blog, Asymmetrical Information, which moved to the Atlantic Monthly, along with its owner, in August 2007.
McArdle holds a bachelor's degree in English literature from the University of Pennsylvania, and an MBA from the University of Chicago.
Columnists Megan McArdle, Jonathan Chait, and doctors Douglas Kamerow and Scott Gottlieb debate the merits of universal health care and whether a similar system could or should be implemented in the United States.