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Newport Daily News: “Professors Discuss Healthcare at Forum”

NEWPORT, R.I. – The Newport Daily News featured an article on the Pell Center’s panel discussion, “Rhetoric of the Affordable Care Act,” on Thursday, March 6:

The political tension emanating from the federal Affordable Care Act is simply more of the same and can be traced back to the founding fathers’ debate over the role of government, two panelists agreed Wednesday night.

Bryant University political  science professor Richard Holtzman and Providence College  health policy and management  professor Robert B. Hackey spoke to about 35 people  during a forum sponsored by the Pell Center for International  Relations and Public  Policy. They agreed that the polarizing debate over a national health care system  centered around story telling — that the narratives both sides spin are attempts to simplify complex concepts. But it’s nothing new.

While the debate may center  around the legislation more popularly known as Obamacare, it really is a tension  built into the system as a tug of war between individual liberty versus social equality, Holtzman said.


To read the full article, please visit The Newport Daily News’ website.

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