College welcomes expert panel to discuss health care legislation on Oct. 28

While it has been nearly six months since Congress passed the highly anticipated and greatly divisive health reform legislation, it still remains one of the United States’ most debated topics.

 
Now Marietta College’s own expert panel is ready to tackle health care reform. On Thursday, Oct. 28, the College will host a public panel discussion on health reform legislation at 7:30 p.m. in the Alma McDonough Auditorium.
 
Each panelist will give a broad overview of the complex new health reform legislation, and then discuss the implications of this legislation for consumers, hospitals, physicians, other health providers and employers.
 

Health Reform Expert Panel

When: 7:30 p.m., Oct. 28
Where: Alma McDonough Auditorium
 

After the panel discussion, there will be sufficient time for question and answers from the audience.
 
Panelists are:
 

• Dr. Leonard M. (Randy) Randolph ’65, Divisional Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer at Mercy Health Partners in Cincinnati, Ohio

• Greg Delemeester, Professor of Economics, who teaches a course in the economics of health care

• Marie Courtemanche, Assistant Professor of Political Science, whose expertise is public opinion

• Gloria Stewart, Chair of Physician Assistant Studies Program

 
Delemeester says his plan is to offer his opinion and hopefully those in attendance will leave understanding a few simple facts.
 
“There is no such thing as free health care, the growing reliance on third-party payment only serves to encourage excessive spending on the part of all participants,” he says.
 
Rita Smith Kipp, Marietta’s Provost, will serve as moderator.
 
“This is an opportunity for us to learn about what the Health Care Reform Bill says—and what it does not say—and to understand how it will affect our future,” Kipp says. “This complex bill was very controversial before it finally passed, and the controversy around it has hardly abated since then. What does it all mean?  One of the panelists, Dr. Randolph, observed, ‘(This) should be very interesting. Discussions of this topic have never been boring in my opinion.’ ”
 
TOM PERRY