Medicare for All and Beyond: Expanding Coverage, Containing Costs

Medicare for All Evite

February 21, 2020 Register here

8:00am – 4:15pm

University of Pennsylvania, Penn Law, Fitts Auditorium

Cosponsored by Penn Law and the Annenberg School for Communication

About the Event

Health care reform has taken center stage during the presidential primary season, as candidates offer diverse proposals to expand insurance coverage and contain costs. In this conference, researchers, policymakers, providers, and other stakeholders will dive into fundamental issues that cross all proposals, highlighting decisions that need to be made, and the consequence of those decisions. Join us as we go beyond the headlines and beneath the rhetoric. Registration is free, but seating is limited.



8:00 – 8:30 AM       


8:30 – 8:35 AM  


Rachel Werner, MD, PhD, LDI Executive Director

8:35 - 8:55 AM  

Opening Remarks

Wendell Pritchett, JD, PhD, Provost, University of Pennsylvania

9:00 – 9:45 AM  

Keynote Address

Paul Starr, PhD, Professor of Sociology, Princeton University

10:00 – 11:00 AM  

Affordability Standards

Moderator: Sherry Glied, PhD, New York University
Panelists: Tekisha Dwan Everette, PhD, Health Equity Solutions
Ezekiel Emanuel, MD, PhD, University of Pennsylvania
Frances Padilla, MPA, Universal Health Care Foundation of Connecticut
Mark Pauly, PhD, University of Pennsylvania
Lynn Quincy, MA, Altarum

11:15 AM – 12:15 PM  

Payment and Pricing

Moderator: Julian Harris, MD, MBA, Deerfield Management
Panelists: Gerard Anderson, PhD, Johns Hopkins University
Miriam Laugeson, PhD, Columbia University
Kevin Mahoney, MBA, DBE, Penn Medicine
Kavita Patel, MD, Brookings Institution

12:15 – 12:45 PM  

Lunch Break

12:45 – 1:45 PM  

The Value of Choice

Moderator: Allison Hoffman, JD, University of Pennsylvania
Panelists: Keith Ericson, PhD, Boston University
James Fishkin, PhD, Stanford University
Richard Frank, PhD, Harvard University
J. Mario Molina, MD, Keck Graduate Institute

2:00 – 2:45 PM  

Tradeoffs Podcast Recording

Live Recording of Special Medicare for All Tradeoffs Episode
Dan Gorenstein, Executive Producer and Co-Host

3:00 – 4:00 PM  

Political Feasibility

Moderator: Rodney Whitlock, PhD, McDermott+Consulting
Panelists: Mollyann Brodie, PhD, Kaiser Family Foundation
Dan Hopkins, PhD, University of Pennsylvania
Diana Mutz, PhD, University of Pennsylvania
Carol Paris, MD, Physicians for a National Health Program

4:00 – 4:15 PM  

Closing Remarks

Rachel Werner, MD, PhD, Penn LDI


Keynote Speaker

Paul Starr, PhD
Princeton University

Paul Starr is Professor of Sociology and Public Affairs at Princeton University. He has chronicled the arc of health care reform in the classic, Pulitzer Prize-winning book The Social Transformation of American Medicine, as well as in The Logic of Health Care Reform, and Remedy and Reaction: The Peculiar American Struggle over Health Care Reform. He was a senior health policy advisor to the White House during the formulation of the Clinton Health Plan.


Sherry Glied, PhD    
New York University

Sherry Glied is Dean of New York University’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service. She served as Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation at the Department of Health and Human Services during implementation of the Affordable Care Act. She was also Senior Economist for health care and labor market policy on the President’s Council of Economic Advisers under Presidents George H. Bush and Clinton, and participated in the Clinton Health Care Task Force.

Julian Harris, MD, MBA   
Deerfield Management

Julian Harris is a Partner on the Healthcare Services team at Deerfield Management. Harris served as the Associate Director for Health in the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) in the Obama Administration, overseeing federal spending for Medicare, Medicaid, the Federal Employee Health Benefits Program, and the ACA’s Marketplaces. He also directed the Medicaid program in Massachusetts, where he played a major role in planning for implementation of the Affordable Care Act.

Allison Hoffman, JD   
University of Pennsylvania

Allison K. Hoffman is a Professor of Law at the University of Pennsylvania and a Senior Fellow at the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics. She has written extensively about the legal and normative aspects of health care reform, health insurance markets, and consumer choice. Her expertise includes health insurance regulation, the Affordable Care Act, Medicare, Medicaid, and long-term care. She is co-editor of the Oxford Handbook of U.S. Health Law, which offers the most comprehensive review of U.S. health law in the post-ACA era.

Rodney Whitlock, PhD  

Rodney Whitlock is a consultant with McDermott+Consulting, where he advises businesses on Medicare and Medicaid. He has more than 20 years of experience working with the US Congress, where he served as health policy advisor and as Health Policy Director for Senate Finance Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley and, earlier, on the staff of former US Representative Charlie Norwood. His Senate experience includes work on Medicaid legislation, the Tax Relief and Health Care Act, CHIP Reauthorization Act, and the Affordable Care Act.

Travel & Accommodations

Questions? Contact Melissa Ostroff 

This program has been approved for 4.0 substantive CLE credits for Pennsylvania lawyers. CLE credit may be available in other jurisdictions as well. Attendees seeking CLE credit should bring separate payment in the amount of $160.00 ($80.00 public interest/non-profit attorneys) cash or check made payable to The Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania.