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).