Williams to Host Two Lectures about Healthcare and Moving Forward from the Affordable Care Act

Media contact: Noelle Lemoine, communications assistant; tele: (413) 597-4277; email: [email protected]

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass., April 26, 2017—Williams College will host two lectures discussing American healthcare and the Affordable Care Act (ACA) titled “Single Payer Reform: The Best Way to Move Forward from the ACA” with David Himmelstein and “Obamacare to Trumpcare” with Carolyn Long Engelhard.

Friday, April 28: Paresky Center Auditorium, 7 p.m.

David Himmelstein will deliver a talk titled “Single Payer Reform: The Best Way to Move Forward from the ACA” that explores how the single payer program may be the best solution for the United States. He will discuss the legacy of ACA expanding coverage while leaving millions uninsured or with unaffordable copayments and deductibles. He will also analyze Republican reform plans, which he believes would exacerbate existing problems in healthcare finance, and argue that a single payer program could resolve these problems.

Himmelstein is an advisor with EvidenceNetwork.ca and co-founder of Physicians for a National Health Program. He is a professor of public health at City University of New York and lecturer in medicine at Harvard Medical School. He holds an M.D. from Columbia University and has completed a fellowship in general internal medicine at Harvard University.

The Williams Forum and the President’s Office are sponsoring this event.

Wednesday, May 3: Griffin Hall, room 3, 7:30 p.m.

Carolyn Long Engelhard will deliver a talk titled “Obamacare to Trumpcare” and discuss the promises and pitfalls of the ACA. She will provide history, looking at the ups and downs of the legislation over the last seven years, and consider shifting public opinion of ACA post-election 2016. She will also talk about “you break it, you own it” — the politics and current debate over repeal, replace, repair, and delay.

Engelhard directs the health policy program in the Department of Public Health Sciences at the University of Virginia School of Medicine and holds the academic rank of associate professor in both the School of Medicine and in the Frank Batten School of Public Policy and Leadership. She is currently a contributing health policy expert for the web-based news journal TheHill.com. Engelhard holds an M.A. from the University of Virginia, a B.A. from the University of St. Thomas, and B.A. from University of San Francisco.

The Williams Forum is sponsoring this event.


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