Debate: Free Market vs Government-run Healthcare
4/1/2016 at the George Washington School of Medicine
Every year, BRI hosts a debate as part of its Student Leadership Conference. This 2-on-2 debate concerning the proper role of government in healthcare was produced jointly by the George Washington and Georgetown University BRI chapters, and was generously made possible with a grant from The Arthur N. Rupe Foundation. The debate RESOLUTION: “Be it resolved: Providing quality healthcare to the poor is best achieved through free markets and charity, not government programs.”
Jules Madrigal-Dersch, MD is a member of BRI’s Board of Directors and runs a successful direct pay practice in Marble Falls, TX. She is featured on the documentary, Wait Till It’s Free.
David Hogberg, PhD is a former health care policy analyst for the National Center for Public Policy Research. Previously, Dr. Hogberg was a Washington Correspondent for Investor’s Business Daily, specializing in his coverage of health care and Medicare.
Troy Russell, MD, MPh is an author of various book chapters and peer-reviewed articles found in Neuroimage, Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology, and American Family Physician with his current research and health policy interest centering on providing low cost, accessible and high quality primary care to medically under-served communities through the patient-centered medical home and direct primary care models.
Leighton Ku, PhD, MPh is a Professor of Health Policy and Management at the Milken Institute School of Public Health at George Washington University, whose career has been built around the effort to understand and improve access to affordable health care for vulnerable populations.
Moderator: Dr. Rodney Whitlock, PhD, Adjunct Professor, GWU Graduate School of Political Management completed his doctorate in political science in March of 1998. Past accomplishments include promoting the Patients’ Bill of Rights, working on the Children’s Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act, the Medicaid provisions of the Deficit Reduction Act of 2005, and the Tax Relief and Health Care Act of 2006.