Held on October 10 at Chicago Idea Week, Intelligence Squared U.S. Debates returned to FORA.tv to tackle a critically important issue that continues to impact the American political landscape as well as the economy: the cost of healthcare.
In 2012, the United States is expected to spent over $2.8 on healthcare, with over $590 billion spent on Medicare alone. As costs continue to rise, insurance companies, providers and the government may have to examine the tough question of how to handle end-of-life care– should the United States ration it? Four experts with backgrounds in policy, law, academia, and research joined the Intelligence Squared state to debate the issue.
Ken Connor, Chairman of a Center for a Just Society, opens his statement by arguing against government rationing of end-of-life care.
Peter Singer, Professor of Bioethics at Princeton University, offers a philosophy for a strategy for end-of-life care.
Sally Pipes, President and CEO of the Pacific Research Institute, and Dr. Art Kellermann, Chair at Policy Analysis RAND Health, argue whether or not a single-payer rationing system will disproportionately affect poor and uninsured Americans.
Finally, Connor, Kellermann, and Singer debate the role of the government versus the role of the free market in end-of-life care rationing and healthcare in general.
Watch the entire debate below and find out which side the Intelligence Squared audience chose as the winner.