March 14, 2012
07:30pm - 09:00pm
Sanford School of Public Policy, Fleishman Commons
Sponsored by the Thomas International Center
in conjunction with
the Intercollegiate Studies Institute
Watch video from this debate
JAMES CAPRETTA, a Fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center (EPPC), was an Associate Director at the White Office of Management and Budget from 2001 to 2004, where he had responsibility for healthcare, Social Security, education, and welfare programs. At EPPC, Mr. Capretta studies and provides commentary on a wide range of public policy and economic issues, with a focus on healthcare and entitlement reform, U.S. fiscal policy, and global population aging. His essays and articles have appeared in numerous print and online publications, including USA Today, Politico, Health Affairs, National Affairs, Kaiser Health News, The Weekly Standard, and Tax Notes, among others. He is the author of the blog Diagnosis and is a frequent contributor to National Review Online. Mr. Capretta has also testified before Congress and appears frequently as a commentator on prominent television and radio programs.
DON TAYLOR is an Associate Professor of Public Policy at Duke University. He holds three degrees from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, including Ph.D. in Health Policy and Management from the School of Public Health. He has published numerous peer review articles and co-authored two books. His papers have appeared in the New England Journal of Medicine, BMJ, Health Affairs, The Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, and Social Science and Medicine. Most of Dr. Taylor's ongoing research is in the area of end of life policy with a focus on patient decision making and Medicare hospice policy. He was named a member of the HRSE Negotiated Rulemaking Committee that was created by the Affordable Care Act to reconsider how the federal government identifies Health Professional Shortage Areas and Medically Underserved Areas. He wrote 29 columns on health reform for the Raleigh News and Observer and has contributed to The New York Times' Room for Debate forum. He has appeared on North Carolina Public Television, done Office Hours live for Duke University, and taken calls on Wisconsin Public Radio to answer questions about health reform. Taylor is currently writing a book on the role of healthcare policy in developing a long range balanced budget in the U.S.