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Understanding the Healthcare Debate

November 18, 2020 @ 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Understanding the Healthcare Debate

November 18, 2020

Understand the fundamental disagreements that drive the U.S. healthcare debate & get your questions answered by our guest expert.

When it comes to discussing healthcare policy in the United States, things heat up real fast. It can seem that the left and the right have almost completely different views on how the U.S. should structure our healthcare system: many Democrats praise the Affordable Care Act (ACA, or Obamacare) and are seeking to expand it, while many Republicans call it unconstitutional and are working to repeal it.

This tension comes from different views on the role of government, on how to weigh the interests of different people, and on how different policies would affect the healthcare system. But what are these different views? And how do they affect how the U.S. healthcare system is structured?

In this introductory-level virtual Civic Series event, we’ll help you understand the fundamental disagreements that drive the healthcare debate in the U.S.

We’ll explore questions like:

  • What does our healthcare system look like today?
  • How do the parties differ in their definition of a “good” healthcare system?
  • What are the biggest areas of debate?
  • Why is healthcare so expensive and where is the money going?
  • How do the policies of different politicians compare? (ACA vs. Senator Bernie Sanders’ “Medicare for All” vs. various Republican proposals to repeal and replace the ACA)

…and many more.

Join our jargon-free, virtual introduction and Q&A with guest expert Dr. Matthew Fiedler, fellow with the USC-Brookings Schaeffer Initiative for Health Policy. Together, we’ll unpack how to understand the debate and learn how the policies can affect our access and options for care.


Send us your questions before and during the event:

Text or leave a voicemail at (617) 398-0051 so we can play your question during the event! Or email hello@civicseries.org


Our guest expert:

Dr. Matthew Fiedler is a fellow with the USC-Brookings Schaeffer Initiative for Health Policy. His research examines a range of topics in health care economics and health care policy.Prior to joining the Brookings Institution in January 2017, Fiedler served as Chief Economist of the Council of Economic Advisers, where he oversaw the Council’s work on health care policy, including implementation of the Affordable Care Act’s health insurance expansions and health care delivery system reforms. Find his full bio here.

Photo by CDC on Unsplash.



November 18, 2020
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
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