Instead of debating ACA+ vs. Repeal and Replace 3.0, Covid-19 and our nation’s varied responses to it have altered many landscapes, some permanently. The weaknesses of employment-based insurance, the limits of rugged individualism, the dangers of anti-science agitation and the reverberating consequences of multi-dimensional socio-economic inequities are things that cannot be unseen. The political risk of government overreach is also dangerously heightened. How to fashion a broader American policy consensus out of these real time lessons coming at us relentlessly, for a polarized electorate, that is the question before us all.
- Explain how Covid-19 changed the health policy debate in our country
- Lay out the implications of the election and policy choices before us
- Identity some areas of policy consensus (not bi-partisan, but broader left-right consensus in the citizenry and in the health and social service sectors)