Health Insurance 101 (05:04)
Intelligence Squared U.S. Debate Forum Chairman Robert Rosenkranz explains insurance economics and the challenge of adverse selection in Obamacare.
Debate "Housekeeping" (05:49)
John Donvan states the motion, explains the debate format, and instructs audience members to vote.
For the Motion: Dr. Scott Gottleib (06:37)
Former FDA Deputy Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb argues that Obamacare reduces plan competition, reduces doctor productivity, and obligates people to join Medicare.
Against the Motion: Dr. Douglas Kamerow (07:47)
Former Assistant Surgeon General Dr. Douglas Kamerow argues that Obamacare is improving health efficiency and outcomes, and benefits Americans despite administrative flaws.
For the Motion: Megan McArdle (07:39)
Bloomberg View writer Megan McArdle cites statistics on how Obamacare is failing to meet goals, and argues that the administration is undermining the law to avoid political backlash.
Against the Motion: Jonathan Chait (07:00)
New York Magazine political columnist Jonathan Chait argues that Obamacare is in a growing phase, but the exchanges are functioning and the law is not in danger of failing.
Obamacare Structural Flaws (04:48)
Scott Gottlieb (for) argues that a universal health plan limits consumer choice and forces insurers to narrow networks—restricting access.
Obamacare Implosion Risk (03:52)
Megan McArdle (for) and Jonathan Chait (against) debate whether adverse selection in insurance pools will threaten the law.
Obamacare "Death Spiral" (03:05)
Megan McArdle (for) proposes a catastrophic reinsurance. Scott Gottleib (for) explains how subsidy pricing based on poor existing plans will lower healthcare quality.
Obamacare and Medicaid (04:33)
Panelists debate whether Medicaid is better than being uninsured and whether or not new health plans will resemble Medicaid coverage.
Political Sustainability (05:01)
Scott Gottlieb and Megan McArdle (for) argue that Obamacare won't receive public support. Jonathan Chait (against) argues that enrollment delays are skewing data.
QA: Obamacare Penalties (01:49)
Panelists debate whether the individual mandate tax penalty will be enforced in 2014.
QA: Obamacare Opposition (01:40)
Scott Gottlieb and Megan McArdle (for) explain why they disagree with the reform's implementation and goals.
QA: Universal Healthcare Lessons (03:32)
Megan McArdle (for) argues that the U.S. should allow consumer choice for health insurance. Douglas Kamerow (against) argues that the U.S. should learn from other Western nations.
QA: Obamacare's Future (05:05)
Panelists debate whether beneficial law components could have been passed without federalizing insurance. Douglas Kamerow (against) argues that system change takes time.
QA: Quantifying Obamacare (01:50)
Jonathan Chait (against) argues that enrollment shows success; Scott Gottleib (for) argues that policy cancellations indicate failure.
QA: Romneycare (02:08)
Megan McArdle (for) says that the Massachusetts healthcare law has had limited success in lowering the uninsured and neutralizing costs.
QA: Lowering Insurance Costs (02:39)
Jonathan Chait (against) cites penalizing hospital infections as an Obamacare cost control measure. Scott Gottlieb (for) argues that the law is transferring risk to providers.
QA: Obamacare Financial Success (02:22)
Panelists respond to an audience question of how using a Social Security model of transferring payment from the young to the old can remain solvent.
Closing Statement Against: Dr. Douglas Kamerow (02:46)
Kamerow argues that Obamacare will expand Medicaid access and quality of care.
Closing Statement For: Dr. Scott Gottleib (02:05)
Gottleib argues that Obamacare restricts consumer choice, hurts more people than it helps, and will fail due to unpopularity.
Closing Statement Against: Jonathan Chait (02:09)
Chait argues that predictions against Obamacare have already been proved wrong, and after a bumpy transition period, the system will work.
Closing Statement For: Megan McArdle (02:29)
McArdle argues that Obamacare is undermining its own goals, and outlines provisions that will be unpopular.
Time to Vote (03:15)
Donvan instructs the audience to vote, and introduces the next Intelligence Squared debate.
Audience Vote Results (01:26)
Predebate For: 16% - Against: 53% - Unecided: 31% Post-debate For: 32% - Against: 59% - Undecided: 9%
Credits: Obamacare Is Now Beyond Rescue: A Debate (01:03)
Credits: Obamacare Is Now Beyond Rescue: A Debate
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