Should healthcare be nationalized, privatized, a mix of both? Do private firms, civil society organizations, or government agencies better provide and regulate health insurance, care, and research? What mix would be optimal in the context of the United States, and how did we reach the current status quo? In today’s politically polarized society, it is more important than ever to aim to understand those with whom we disagree. This forum will bring together students representing diverse viewpoints to discuss their perspectives on healthcare policy. During the event, students will engage with the speakers and other students during panel discussions, large and small group sessions, and reading and writing exercises with the aim to understand a diverse set of viewpoints while engaging in respectful dialogue across political and ideological divides.
There is no cost to attend this event. Meals will be provided throughout. Travel and lodging will be arranged and provided as needed.
The forum is part of the Mercatus Center's Pluralist Lab, an effort to foster open mindedness while actively demonstrating how we can exchange ideas and coexist with our fellow citizens across deep divides. The Pluralist Lab hosts forums like this one to encourage experimentation and development of new tools for improving civil discourse in professional and everyday life.
Eligibility: Students of all majors at the graduate or undergraduate level
Event Date: February 9-11, 2023
Location: The Morrison House, 116 S Alfred St., Alexandria, VA