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US Podcast: Debate — Should Obamacare Be Repealed?

US Podcast: Debate — Should Obamacare Be Repealed?
January 05
16:35 2017

I joined the Jeremy Vine Show on BBC 2 Radio on Thursday afternoon to debate Obamacare with the Trump transition spokesperson Jan Halper-Hayes.

After my introduction of some basic “reality v. politics” — e.g. the 20 million additional Americans covered under Obamacare, the decline in the rate of increase of medical costs since 2009, and the likelihood that the still non-existent Republican alternative will not contain costs but renew their rise — a spiky discussion followed.

See also US Podcast: Will Republicans Kill Off Obamacare?

In her final word, Halper-Hayes inadvertently pointed to the fundamental problem — along with profit-taking insurance companies — by saying simply, “Doctors are entrepreneurs”.

Listen to debate

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Scott Lucas

Scott Lucas

Scott Lucas is Professor of International Politics at the University of Birmingham and editor-in-chief of EA WorldView. He is a specialist in US and British foreign policy and international relations, especially the Middle East and Iran. Formerly he worked as a journalist in the US, writing for newspapers including the Guardian and The Independent and was an essayist for The New Statesman before he founded EA WorldView in November 2008.

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