Spinning Health Care: A Case of Vertigo

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Norman Solomon, author and nationally syndicated columnist on media and politics, will present his lecture Spinning Health Care: A Case of Vertigo on Monday, October 26, at 7:30 pm in Hooker Auditorium, Clapp Building. This is the second lecture of the Weissman Center’s Fall series, Rethinking Health Care.

 Across the country, proposals for health-care reform have sparked fierce debate that often comes across as confusing, polemical, and convoluted.  Most people agree that the United States is in the midst of a serious crisis -- with nearly 50 million people lacking health insurance at any one time while an equal number are woefully under-insured. Yet in the overlapping arenas of media and politics, the national discourse on health care remains deeply polarized.

The news media and elected officials are central to the framing of options for health-care reform. They echo and mimic each other, focusing on possible policy changes while neglecting others. While just about everyone acknowledges the outsize power of the insurance, hospital, and pharmaceutical industries, that power has remained central to the politics of health-care reform in 2009. Largely unexamined are the gaps between the most widely touted reforms and the steadily receding goals of “universal health care” and “guaranteed health care for all.”

In this lecture, Norman Solomon will assess the character of the current national debate over health-care reform. While challenging the conventional claims from top-ranking Republicans and Democrats in Washington, he will make a case for a fundamental reorientation of the politics of health care as this decade nears its conclusion.