Health care and political systems are deeply intertwined, with implications for the quality and equality of access to health care.
This symposium will explore the political dynamics of health care laws and the way they affect people not only as patients but also as citizens. Health professionals, policy and public health experts, economists, sociologists, and political scientists will draw on comparative politics and policies of the US states—alone and as part of a federalist system—and on international perspectives to explore the relationships between citizens and their health care.
We will feature two panels:
- on the functions and dysfunctions of the Affordable Care Act and federal proposals to amend or replace it, and
- on alternative health insurance systems (public option, single-payer, or more libertarian alternatives) at the US state level and internationally.
Free and open to the public.
Video of the symposium will be available online approximately 4 weeks after the event.
Welcome and Opening Remarks
Lizabeth Cohen, Dean of the Radcliffe Institute and Howard Mumford Jones Professor of American Studies, Department of History, Harvard University
Daniel Carpenter, Director of the Social Sciences Program, Radcliffe Institute, and Allie S. Freed Professor of Government, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Harvard University
Functions and Dysfunctions of the Affordable Care Act
Moderator: Benjamin Sommers, Associate Professor of Health Policy and Economics, Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health
Georges C. Benjamin, Executive Director, American Public Health Association
Andrea Louise Campbell RI '13, Arthur and Ruth Sloan Professor of Political Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Kate Walsh, President and CEO of Boston Medical Center
Alternative Models at the State and Federal Levels
Moderator: Zirui Song, Assistant Professor of Health Care Policy, Harvard Medical School
Michelle M. Doty, Vice President, Survey Research and Evaluation, The Commonwealth Fund
William Hsiao, K.T. Li Research Professor of Economics, Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health
Michael Lighty, Director of Public Policy, California Nurses Association/National Nurses United
Janet Rich-Edwards, Codirector of the Science Program, Radcliffe Institute; Associate Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School; and Associate Professor in the Department of Epidemiology, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health