April 23, 2012

How Obamacare Will Save American Healthcare

Dr. "Zeke" Emanuel spoke on Obamacare at an open meeting of Prof. Pearlstein's GOVT 319 class.

Ezekiel “Zeke” Emanuel, one of the architects of the Obama health reform plan, spoke on “How Obamacare Will Save American Healthcare,” on Monday, April 16, at 1:30 p.m. in the Johnson Center Cinema.

The lecture was sponsored by the Department of Public and International Affairs and the Center for Health Policy Research and Ethics.

Emanuel is an oncologist and former chairman of the Department of Bioethics at the National Institutes of Health.  From 2009 until 2011, he was a key player in the White House health reform team, assigned to the Office of Management and Budget. (His brother, Rahm, was White House chief of staff and is now mayor of Chicago.) Emanuel’s writing on health policy issues appears regularly in the New York Times. He is also a commentator on MSNBC.

Last year, Emanuel was appointed chairman of the Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy at the University of Pennsylvania, where he now teaches in both the medical and business schools.

The talk was offered as an open meeting of the class GOVT 319 Issues in Government and Politics: Money, Markets and Economic Policy, taught by Steven Pearlstein, Robinson Professor of Public and International Affairs.  A question-and-answer period followed the presentation.