The 2020 Election and the Future of Health Care

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Just hours ahead of the first presidential debate, CWRU faculty experts in law, medicine, business and political science will examine one of the most significant factors in the coming election — the future of health care in the United States.

The expert panel will deliberate what comes next for the Affordable Care Act and other potential reform efforts in the coming years. Topics will include the candidates’ plans for making health care more affordable, changes to Medicaid, the tension between increasing access for the uninsured and controlling costs for the insured, the future of employer-sponsored health insurance and the candidates’ approaches to reproductive rights.

Speaker Biographies

Jessie Hill, JD, is Associate Dean for Research and Faculty Development and Judge Ben C. Green Professor of Law. She joined the faculty in 2003 after practicing First Amendment and civil rights law with the firm of Berkman, Gordon, Murray & DeVan in Cleveland. Before entering private practice, Hill worked at the Reproductive Freedom Project of the national ACLU office in New York, litigating challenges to state-law restrictions on reproductive rights. She also served as law clerk to the Honorable Karen Nelson Moore of the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. Hill's teaching focuses on constitutional law, civil rights, reproductive rights, and law and religion. Her scholarship has been published in the Michigan Law Review, the Duke Law Journal, the Georgetown Law Journal, and the Texas Law Review, among others.

Sara Rosenbaum J.D. is the Harold and Jane Hirsh Professor of Health Law and Policy and Founding Chair of the Department of Health Policy at George Washington University’s Milken Institute School of Public Health. Professor Rosenbaum has devoted her career to health justice for medically underserved populations. Professor Rosenbaum is a member of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, served on CDC’s Director’s Advisory Committee and Advisory Committee on Immunization Practice, and was a founding Commissioner of Congress’s Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission (MACPAC), which she chaired from January 2016 through April 2017.

J.B. Silvers, Ph.D., is the John R. Mannix Medical Mutual of Ohio Professor of Health Care Finance and Professor of Banking and Finance at the Weatherhead School of Management with a joint appointment in the School of Medicine - all at Case Western Reserve University. Dr. Silvers' research in the areas of financial management and health services has published in the Journal of Finance, the Journal of the American Medical Association, Medical Care, Health Services Research and many others. From 1997 to 2000, while on leave, he served as President and Chief Executive Officer of QualChoice – a health plan and insurance company in Cleveland, Ohio. Professor Silvers recently served on the board of The Joint Commission (JCAHO) as Treasurer and for seven years he was a Commissioner on the Prospective Payment Assessment Commission advising Congress on Medicare payment. He also is a board member at MetroHealth Medical Center (Vice Chair). In 2012, he served as Interim Dean and earier as Senior Associate Dean of the Weatherhead School of Management for several years. Silvers contributes commentary to NPR’s Marketplace frequently and other national & local print and broadcast media.

Joseph White came to CWRU in 2000 from Tulane University, where he had been Associate Professor of Health Systems Management in the School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine. Before Tulane, he was first Research Associate and then Senior Fellow in the Governmental Studies Program of the Brookings Institution. He received his A.B. in Political Science from the University of Chicago and his M.A. and Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley.

Professor White has been Luxenberg Family Professor and Director of the Center for Policy Studies since he joined our faculty. He served as Department Chair from 2003 – 2015. During his 2010-11 sabbatical year Dr. White served as Visiting Professor with the Chair in the Economics and Management of Health Services at the Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers in Paris, and as John G. Winant Visiting Professor of American Government for Michaelmas Term at the University of Oxford. During his Spring, 2018 sabbatical he was a Visiting Professor at the Institut d’Études Politiques in Lyon, France and a Visiting Scholar with the Erasmus Schoo

CWRU law professors Maxwell J. Mehlman and Sharona Hoffman served as the moderators.

Lecture Series

Law-Medicine Center

Subject Headings

2020 election, health care--United States, 2020 election and future of health care, future of U.S. health care, Affordable Care Act, Obamacare, Medicaid, future of Medicaid, employer-sponsored medical insurance, employer-sponsored healthinsurance, reproductive rights


CWRU Law virtual event

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