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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.

The conference 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.

The event is free and open to the public. Register online.


September 15, 2017
1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Knafel Center
10 Garden Street
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States


Kevin Thurwanger