The Sadie Lewis Webb Lecture Series

The Sadie Lewis Webb Lecture Series

2008-09: The Future of Health Care Reform

For the last 20 years, health care reform has been a simmering national discussion involving every facet of the economy and health care delivery system. The 2008 presidential election and recent state forays into health care reform have again brought the issue to the forefront of a national debate.

This year’s Sadie Lewis Webb lecture series begins by focusing on health care reform plans offered by the presidential candidates. Successive sessions will feature nationally known speakers and panels, including policymakers, private-industry and think-tank representatives, and scholars.

The lectures are open to the public. Students participating in the companion Themes in Biomedicine course will be provided background materials before each session and will be required to submit a response paper after each session.


"The Obama Administration and Prospects for Health Care Reform," with Susan Dentzer (The Future of Health Care Reform Lecture Series)
Susan Dentzer, editor-in-chief of Health Affairs, discussed the Obama administration and prospects for health care reform.

“Healthcare, Guaranteed: A Simple, Secure Solution for America,” with Ezekiel Emanuel (The Future of Health Care Reform Lecture Series)
Ezekiel Emanuel, M.D., Ph.D., from the the Clinical Center, National Institutes of Health, discusses guaranteed health care in America. Dr. Emanuel is a breast oncologist, philosopher and author/editor of several books.

“Underlying Visions and Values — Future Architecture,” with Stuart Butler
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Differences in fundamental values are at the root of disagreements over the future of the U.S. health system, said Stuart Butler, a leading scholar at one of the nation's most influential think tanks.

"Challenges of State-Based Health Reform”
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A leading figure of one of the nation’s biggest nonprofit health care providers addressed the obstacles to state-based health care reform at a Law School lecture Thursday.

"Health Care Reform and the 2008 Presidential Election"
Carolyn Engelhard from UVA Public Health Sciences and co-author of "Health Care Half Truths: Too Many Myths, Not Enough Reality" talks about health care reform and the 2008 presidential election.