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.
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