The US Health Care System: What Does the Future Hold?

By :  The Jewish Theological Seminary Posted On Feb 14, 2017 | Social Justice

The Spring 2017 Jack and Lewis Rudin Lecture

The Affordable Care Act of 2010 took a giant step toward universal health insurance coverage in the United States. Although it has been quite successful in accomplishing that goal, it has remained highly controversial. The new Administration is intent on repealing the law and replacing it with an alternative model.  

Why is health care reform so challenging? Why does “Obamacare” look as it does? Could alternative plans under consideration achieve the same gains? And what are the political prospects of those alternatives? Prominent health policy expert Dr. Sherry Glied describes the past, present, and possible future of health reform efforts in the US.

about the speaker

Dr. Sherry Glied is Dean of New York University’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service. From 1989-2013, she was Professor of Health Policy and Management at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health, and was Chair of the Department of Health Policy and Management from 1998-2009. In 1992-1993, under Presidents George H. W. Bush and Bill Clinton, she served as Senior Economist for health care and labor market policy on the President’s Council of Economic Advisers, and she participated in the Clinton Health Care Task Force. In 2010, under President Barack Obama, Glied was confirmed by the U.S. Senate as Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation at the Department of Health and Human Services, and served in that capacity from July 2010 through August 2012.

Glied’s principal areas of research are in health policy reform and mental health care policy. She has written Chronic Condition about health care reform, and with Richard Frank, she wrote Better But Not Well: Mental Health Policy in the U.S. since 1950. She is co-editor, with Peter C. Smith, of The Oxford Handbook of Health Economics. Glied holds a Ph.D. in economics from Harvard University.


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