State of Democracy Lecture 10/28: The Future of Medicare with Jon Oberlander

Please join us Friday, October 28th at 4pm in the Maxwell Auditorium for a conversation with Jon Oberlander entitled “The Future of Medicare,” part of the State of Democracy Lecture Series hosted by the Campbell Public Affairs Institute.

Medicare is the most politically charged of all the “third rails” in the current debates over reducing the debt and deficit, and addressing entitlement spending.

–          How will the politics surrounding Medicare play out?

–          How will the health care reform law affect the program?

–          What is the program’s likely future? Might it look completely different ten years from now?

–          Should Americans be thinking differently about their health care needs as they plan their retirements?

A leading expert on the program will help untangle these vexing questions. Jonathan Oberlander is Professor of Social Medicine and Health Policy & Management at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. His research focuses on health care politics and policy, health reform, and Medicare. Oberlander is author of The Political Life of Medicare and is co-editor of a 3-volume book series The Social Medicine Reader. His articles have appeared in journals such as the New England Journal of Medicine, Health Affairs, and the Annals of Internal Medicine. He comments on health reform for a number of media outlets, including the New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, the New York Review of Books, National Public Radio, the BBC, CBS News and PBS.

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