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2013 Mansfield Conference Videos

-- Co-sponsored by The Maureen and Mike Mansfield Center, The Project on American Democracy and Citizenship, The Mansfield Ethics and Public Affairs Program, and The President’s Excellence Fund --

The Future of Health Care in America: Balancing Individual Rights with Social Responsibility


At the heart of America’s long-standing debate about health and health care is a fundamental tension between individual rights and social responsibilities. Over the course of the Mansfield Conference, leading national and local thinkers will discuss a variety of topics where the tension between the individual and society comes into greater focus—for example, in the areas of medical insurance, Medicare and Medicaid, vaccination programs, obesity, and end-of-life care. The goal of the conference is provide a forum for informed discussions on these important and controversial issues and to increase awareness of, and sensitivity to, the political and ethical questions they raise.

Session 1

Paul Lauren, Introductory Remarks: "Ethics, Public Affairs, Human Rights & Health"

Jack Mudd, "The Practical and Moral Challenges of Healthcare Reform: Quality, Efficiency, and Personal Responsibility"

Session 2

James Morone, "Political Battles Over Health Care: Past, Present, and Future"

Session 3

Avik Roy, "A Conservative Vision for Universal Coverage"

Session 4

Mark Hall, "Should the Young Subsidize the Old? The Affordable Care Act's Communitarian Values"

Session 5

Jim Morone & Megan McArdle, "21st Century Health Care: Balancing the Tension Between Individual Rights and Community Responsibilities"

Session 6

Megan McArdle, "Overselling Obesity: Why Lean Cuisine Can't Solve our Health Care Cost Crisis"

Session 7

Round Table, "The Future of Health Care in Montana: Medicaid Expansion in Montana"

Session 8

Round Table, "The Future of Health Care in America"

Featured Speakers:

Mark Hall

Mark Hall -- Leading scholar in health care law and policy, professor at Wake Forest University School of Law, author of fifteen books including Making Medical Spending Decisions and Health Care Law and Ethics. 

Megan McArdle Megan McArdle -- Special Correspondent for Newsweek and The Daily Beast, Schwartz Fellow at The New American Foundation, former senior editor at The Atlantic Monthly, and writer for The Economist.
James Morone James Morone -- Political Science and Urban Studies Professor, Brown University, author of eight books, including The Heart of Power: Health and Politics in the Oval Office from Roosevelt to Bush and Hellfire Nation: The Politics of Sin in American History, Pulitzer Prize non-fiction nominee. 
Jack Mudd Jack Mudd -- Senior Vice President of the Providence Services Corporation, a private health care corporation with 32 hospitals and over 300 physician clinics; former dean of The University of Montana Law School.
Avik Roy Avik Roy -- Senior Fellow at the Manhattan institute, editor of The Apothecary, the influential Forbes blog, columnist at National Review, and former health care advisor to Mitt Romney. 

-- Full list of particpants --