Marian University DEBATE: Does the Affordable Care Act help or hurt doctors and their patients?

January 29, 2017 by Charlotte Monte

Arthur N. Rupe Foundation

Debate: Does the Affordable Care Act help or hurt doctors and their patients?

10/27/2016 at Marian University College of Osteopathic Medicine

  • Dr. Beth Haynes, Executive Director BRI
  • Dr. Timothy Von Fange, St. Vincent Sports Performance
  • Dr. Robert Stone, Hoosiers for A Commonsense Health Plan (PNHP)
  • Dr. Meg Gaffney, Indiana University School of Medicine Associate Professor and Dermatologist
  • Dr. Jason Eberl, MUCOM Chapter BRI Faculty Advisor and Chair of Medical Ethics at MUCOM

Five questions were asked to all the debaters with 2 minutes to respond to each question, followed by 1 minute to rebut any responses. The debaters all spoke with passion and a profound knowledge on the topics involved in the questions.

Some of the questions:

  • What, if any, limitations are placed on patients and physicians due to the Affordable Care Act (ACA)?
  • Many individuals complain about the mandate to carry health insurance, even though they qualify for cheaper ACA plans.
  • What political, social, or economic values are coming into conflict here?
  • What changes would you make to the ACA, or what alternative system would you propose?
  • What would be the benefits or potential weaknesses of these changes of the new system you’d propose?
  • With the presidential election coming up in less than two weeks, is there a candidate that you believe has a better healthcare plan than the other candidates? (Hilary Clinton, Donald Trump, Gary Johnson, Jill Stein).
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