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Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine—DEBATE: The Federal Government vs. the Free Market: Which Can Provide the More Compassionate and Efficient Health Care Plan for America?

February 21, 2017 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm


All are invited to the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine Dublin campus for a debate hosted by the Benjamin Rush Institute’s Dublin Chapter with nationally known experts in health care policy.

The debate will focus on this fundamental question:

The Federal Government vs. the Free Market: Which Can Provide the More Compassionate and Efficient Health Care OSUMC the way out of obamacarePlan for America?

POST-EVENT SUMMARY: Two hundred seven (207) students, faculty and the community joined us for this evening debate pitching government vs. free market healthcare solutions! The audience members casted a pre-debate vote either for, against, or undecided using a polling application. Each panelist then presented an opening statement defending his or her position. The moderator then asked a series of questions to each panelist followed by inter-panel challenges. Finally, each panelist delivered a two-minute closing argument, and the audience delivered their second vote for comparison against the first.


“Thanks for all the work to arrange and implement the debate. The attendance was great and fulfilled expectations. I wish the comments had been less anecdotal and more evidence based, but a great start to hopefully future similar dialogues. Congratulations on pulling this off.”

“Thanks guys for an interesting event. I wish we had a bit time for more discussion. I am curious why there was no discussion regarding to the necessity of healthcare rationing.”

“I just wanted to congratulate you for organizing a great event. The turnout was awesome, and everyone I’ve talked to really enjoyed it. Congrats!”

“Wonderful program. And, the Dean was an excellent moderator. And my partner was terrific.”

“You had an amazing in person attendance plus those streamed through from Athens and Cleveland.”

“Our opponents are dyed in the wool single payer fans! It was clear that a lot of your students were big single payer advocates because they don’t know the alternate view.”

There will also be a discussion on what is to be expected from the new White House Administration and time for audience questions and comments.

5:00 – 6:00pm DIEC room 212 To kick off the evening, we will have a light reception with food and non-alcoholic beverages
6:10pm            Debate begins in the DIEC auditorium

The debate will be held in a modified oxford style. The audience members will cast a pre-debate vote either for, against, or undecided using a polling application. Each panelist will then present an opening statement defending their position. After which the moderator will ask a series of questions to each panelist followed by inter-panel challenges. Finally, each panelist delivers a two-minute closing argument, and the audience delivers their second vote for comparison against the first.

POST-DEBATE gathering: After the debate, those who are interested can continue the discussion at Matt the Miller’s Tavern at 6725 Avery Muirfield Drive Dublin, Ohio 43017.



Arguing for government healthcare:

Dr. Daniel Skinner

Daniel Skinner, PhD

Daniel Skinner, PhD, is Assistant Professor of Health Policy in the Department of Social Medicine at Ohio University’s Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine, in Dublin, Ohio. His scholarly interests include health care politics and policy; the politics of medicine and disease; hospital-community relations; health care for vulnerable and underserved populations; feminist theory and gender politics; and medical rhetoric. At present, he is working on two books currently under contract with university presses. The first, The Politics of Medical Necessity, explores the political dynamics and power relations at work in determining what is (and is not) considered medically necessary in American health care. The second, entitled Medical Urbanism and co-authored with sociologist colleagues from Ohio University (Berkeley Franz, PhD) and the University of Massachusetts (Jonathan Wynn, PhD), is a three city study of how hospitals change the urban environments in which they are located. Dr. Skinner is Associate Editor for the Americas for the journal Critical Public Health, Program Director for Ohio University’s Cuba Comparative Health Systems Program, and a scholar-activist with interests that include the promotion of health care access and single-payer health care advocacy. Skinner’s research has appeared in journals including Public Administration Review; The Review of Politics; Polity; New Political Science; The Journal of Medical Humanities, The Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved, and The Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine,

Dr. Johnathan Ross

Johnathon Ross, MD

Dr. Ross is a past president of Physicians for a National Health Program, a national health reform group with over 17,000 members (PNHP). He is a graduate of Cornell University and received his medical degree in 1975 from the Medical College of Ohio at Toledo. In addition to his medical degree, he has a master’s degree in health policy and administration from the School of Public Health of the University of Michigan. He is an Associate Clinical Professor of Internal Medicine at the University of Toledo and currently practices and teaches general internal medicine at St Vincent Mercy Medical Center, a 500 bed center city teaching hospital in Toledo, Ohio. He has served as a family physician in a small rural community in upstate New York as a member of the National Health Service Corps. He has served as medical director for several organizations including: a local industrial medicine concern, the local visiting nurse service, a charitable HMO established by his Catholic hospital system and currently a center city adult medical clinic. He has served as chairman of the department of Internal Medicine at St. Vincent. He has been a member of the executive committee of medical staff of St Vincent, a board member of its PHO, and as chairman of several committees of the hospital, the HMO and the PHO focused on quality improvement. He has served as a member of the Ohio State Medical Board and helped to establish the educational requirements and scope of practice for licensed physician assistants in Ohio. His experience inside the health insurance industry convinced him of the logic and need for a national health insurance program.

Arguing for free market:

Sally PipesSally C. Pipes

Sally C. Pipes is president and chief executive officer of the Pacific Research Institute, a San Francisco-based think tank founded in 1979. Sally addresses national and international audiences on health care issues. She has been interviewed on ABC’s 20/20 with John Stossel; CNN’s Lou Dobbs Show; Fox News’s Glenn Beck Show, NBC’s Nightly News with Brian Williams, Fox Business Network, The O’Reilly Factor, Fox News’s Your World With Neil Cavuto, The Today Show, Kudlow & Company on CNBC, MSNBC, Dateline, Politically Incorrect, The Dennis Miller Show, and other prominent programs. Her column, Piping Up, appears regularly in Forbes.com, and she has written for the Examiner newspapers, Investor’s Business Daily, The Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, USA Today, Financial Times of London, The Hill, RealClearPolitics, New York Times, Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Sacramento Bee, U.S. News and World Report, and the Boston Globe. Sally has been invited to testify before the U.S. Congress, most recently in front of the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP), Subcommittee on Primary Health and Aging. Ms. Pipes is the author of The Way Out of Obamacare, The Cure for Obamacare, The Pipes Plan, The Truth About Obamacare, The Top Ten Myths of American Health Care: A Citizen’s Guide, and Miracle Cure: How to Solve America’s Health Care Crisis and Why Canada Isn’t the Answer.

Ms. Pipes, a former Canadian, became an American citizen in 2006. She also serves as BRI’s Chairman of the Board of Directors.

BRI Timothy Von FangeTimothy Von Fange, MD

Dr. Von Fange is a sports medicine physician currently serving as the Fellowship Director for St. Vincent Health Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship, Clinical Faculty at St. Vincent Health Family Medicine Residency, and is an Assistant Professor of Family Medicine Indiana University School of Medicine. Additionally, he is the team physician for the Marian University Knights and Indianapolis Pike High School. As an active member of the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine (AMSSM), he serves on educational committees dedicated to enhancing sports medicine learning for both residents and fellows. His professional interests include concussion evaluation and management, acute and chronic soft tissue injury, musculoskeletal ultrasound, and health care policy. Dr. Von Fange is a graduate of Indiana University School of Medicine and completed his family medicine residency and Sports Medicine Fellowship at Moses Cone Health System in Greensboro, North Carolina.

Bill Burke, DOModerator: William Burke, DO, FACOFP, Dean of OUHCOM-Dublin

A 1988 graduate of the Heritage College, Dr. Burke is the former vice president for medical education at OhioHealth Doctors Hospital in Columbus. Dr. Burke has served in many elected and appointed leadership roles for national and state organizations. He currently serves on the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) Board of Trustees and is past president of the Ohio chapter of the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians. Over the years, he has been a strong advocate for both the Heritage College and Ohio University. He was twice a trustee of the Ohio University Foundation and a director on the Ohio University Alumni Board of Directors, including two years as chair. He served as president of the College’s Society of Alumni and Friends and chaired the Heritage College Advisory Board for five years. Dr. Burke has received numerous awards over the course of his career, including HCOM’s Distinguished Service Award in 2006 and Ohio University’s Distinguished Service Award in 2009, the American Osteopathic Foundation’s Distinguished Service Award in 2008, and the Ohio State Society of the American College of Osteopathic Physicians’ Family Physician of the Year Award in 2010. In May, he was awarded the Ohio Osteopathic Association’s Trustees’ Award at the Ohio Osteopathic Symposium. Dr. Burke is board-certified in family medicine and osteopathic manipulative medicine. He is a clinical professor of family medicine. Dr. Burke serves as a key member of an AOA team that has been working with health professionals in China to assist the country’s transformation from a specialty-driven medical system to one more focused on primary care. Dr. Burke has traveled there in this capacity on twelve occasions in the past seven years.




February 21, 2017
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Michael Hollar


Ohio University Dublin Integrated Education Center
Dublin Integrated Education Center, 6805 Bobcat Way
Dublin, OH 43016 United States
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