This Week in Conversations Changing the World: Plays Host to the Affordable Care Act Debates

By January 15, 2014Blog Post, Speakers

The badly fumbled implementation of the Affordable Care Act has been America’s most heated political topic for months. ACA critics have sustained an uproar over ad hoc modifications to the law and its uneven impact. Meanwhile, most of its supporters concede that the technical and public relations side of the rollout has been a nearly unmitigated debacle.

Months into the process with registrations still lagging and web systems still crashing, can the Obamacare ship be righted? Anyone who wants to get fully informed on all of the issues and questions animating this question should set aside some time to spend with over the next week.

In the next six days we will go double-deep on the Affordable Care Act with two separate debates that will be streamed live on The first – presented tonight at 6:45 p.m. EST by our partners at Intelligence Squared US – proposes that Obamacare Is Now Beyond Rescue, with Bloomberg’s Megan McArdle joining Dr. Scott Gottlieb (former Deputy Commissioner of the FDA) arguing in favor of the proposition. The opposing case will be enjoying equally strong representation, with Jonathan Chait of New York Magazine (formerly of The New Republic) teaming with Dr. Douglas Kamerow, a former Assistant Attorney General, to make the case that Obamacare can still survive and thrive.

Then next week, on January 21 at 5:30 p.m. EST, The Riverside Theatre in Vero Beach Florida brings us the opposing proposition: The Nation Needs the Affordable Care Act. Both sides of the debate are, again, strongly represented here – debating for the proposition are Dr. Gary Gottlieb, President and CEO of Partners HealthCare, teaming with Dr. Glenn Steele, President and CEO of the Geisinger Health System. Forbes health care analyst Avik Roy sides with Steven Brill of the Yale Journalism Initiative in arguing against.

The Oxford-style debate format is ideal for ensuring that both sides of a contentious subject are intelligently represented, and we’re excited that we can deliver two on this subject in the space of one week. With an uncertain path forward and real stakes for America’s health care future, this is a good time to join the debate and decide where you stand.

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