Intro: Repeal Obamacare Debate (04:10)
Intelligence Squared U.S. Debate Forum Chairman Robert Rosenkranz outlines end-of-life, tort law, and insurance cost issues and introduces moderator John Donvan.
Repeal Obamacare Debate "Housekeeping" (01:32)
Donvan states the motion, explains the debate format, and instructs audience members to vote.
For the Motion: John Shadegg (08:08)
Former Arizona Republican Congressman John Shadegg argues that Obamacare is too costly, takes away consumer choices, and is causing people to lose existing insurance plans.
Against the Motion: Paul Starr (08:14)
Princeton University sociology professor Paul Starr argues that Obamacare improves private insurance efficiency, will reduce the 50 million uninsured, and is a result of bipartisan legislative efforts.
For the Motion: Douglas Holtz-Eakin (08:24)
American Action Forum president Douglas Holtz-Eakin argues that Obamacare doesn't address unsustainable costs, contributes to the deficit, and fails to fix Medicare.
Against the Motion: Jonathan Cohn (08:03)
New Republic senior editor Jonathan Cohn argues that Obamacare addresses healthcare cost inefficiencies, and quotes CBO reports and economists on how it will reduce the national deficit.
American Healthcare Philosophy (08:13)
Panelists debate whether Obamacare restricts or promotes the individual's right to choose insurance plans.
Bipartisan Obamacare (03:31)
Jonathan Cohn (against) says conservatives created malpractice reform; Douglas Holtz-Eakin (for) argues that the bill fails to address healthcare costs or Medicare dysfunction.
Employer Based Plans (03:35)
John Shadegg (for) argues that Obamacare costs forces companies to drop coverage, and people will end up on the exchange; Jonathan Cohn (against) says it hasn't happened in Massachusetts.
Alternatives to Obamacare (01:26)
John Shadegg (for) proposes giving Americans tax credits to purchase their own insurance, rather than subsidies.
Reforming the Healthcare System (03:25)
Paul Starr (against) outlines the Obamacare model of guaranteeing insurance; John Shadegg (for) argues for pooling high-risk individuals and subsidizing costs through state taxes.
QA: Pre-Existing Conditions (02:55)
Paul Starr (against) argues that the mandate discourages individuals from purchasing insurance after getting sick.
QA: Medicare Pay Outs (04:18)
Douglas Holtz-Eakin (for) argues that Medicare reimbursements have been left out of Obamacare; Jonathan Cohn (against) says that it is a separate piece of legislation.
QA: Healthcare Market (05:35)
Paul Starr (against) argues that Obamacare aims to address market distortions from physician-induced demand; Douglas Holtz-Eakin (for) argues that expanded Medicaid coverage will drive up costs.
QA: Reforming Medicare and Medicaid (04:02)
Jonathan Cohn (against) argues that cuts to benefit programs won't resulted in doctors leaving; Douglas Holtz-Eakin (for) argues that Obamacare fails to correct delivery system flaws.
QA: Preventative Medicine (04:25)
Paul Starr (against) outlines Obamacare measures promoting preventative services; John Shadegg (for) argues for incentives rather than government trying to change individual behavior.
QA: Economically Rational Patients (04:59)
Douglas Holtz-Eakin and John Shadegg (for) argue that consumers should purchase insurance in other states; Paul Starr (against) argues for making treatment pricing available.
QA: Private vs. Public Healthcare (02:43)
Paul Starr (against) argues that Obamacare aims to achieve universal care by regulating private entities; Douglas Holtz-Eakin (for) argues that a national payer can't negotiate to keep costs low.
QA: Partisan Healthcare Division (04:15)
John Shadegg (for) argues that public policy reforms should have broader Congressional consensus; Jonathan Cohn (against) argues that the majority population supports parts of Obamacare.
Closing Statement Against: Paul Starr (02:41)
Starr argues that universal healthcare gives us greater career and lifestyle freedom—and the U.S. is the only industrialized nation without it.
Closing Statement For: John Shadegg (02:22)
Shadegg argues for Republican universal healthcare legislation that uses high risk pools and tax credits to promote individual choice.
Closing Statement Against: Jonathan Cohn (02:21)
Cohn argues that Obamacare uses bipartisan ideas, will cover 30 million uninsured Americans, and its flaws can be overcome by Congress working across the aisle.
Closing Statement For: Douglas Holtz-Eakin (02:27)
Holtz-Eakin argues that Obamacare fails to address Medicare that will increase the national deficit and place cost burdens on younger generations.
Time to Vote (02:37)
Donvan instructs the audience to vote and introduces the next Intelligence Squared Debate.
Audience Vote Results (00:41)
Predebate For: 17% - Against: 47% - Undecided: 36% Post-debate For: 22% - Against: 72% - Undecided: 6%
Credits: Repeal Obamacare: A Debate (00:14)
Credits: Repeal Obamacare: A Debate
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