12.30-1.30pm, Thu 15th August 2019
Seminar Room 515, Level 5, 207 Bouverie Street, Carlton
Professor Adam Elshaug, Professor of Health Policy and Co-Director, Menzies Centre for Health Policy, The University of Sydney and; Visiting Fellow, The Brookings Institution, Washington DC, USA
Fifteen months out from the US 2020 election two dozen Democratic candidates have begun vying for the nomination. There can be only one. Rarely seen for decades, most Democratic candidates (and importantly, most of the popular candidates) are running on the promise of universal health coverage. Also rare in recent memory, polling shows that the majority of Americans (of all political leanings) are favourable to it. The Affordable Care Act (aka ‘Obamacare’) has whet the appetite for expanded coverage, but it has also revealed its challenges; e.g. it might have been named the ‘Accessible Care Act’ as affordability (from a societal perspective) remains elusive. For Democrats there is no unified way of achieving universal coverage: English NHS model or public/private hybrids like the Dutch, German or even Australian systems. This presentation will canvass the options and where certain pressure points are forming, including from strongly entrenched vested interest groups who have long benefitted from status quo.