Healthcare is front and center on all our minds, both as a leading policy question for the 2020 presidential race and, in recent days, as we navigate the new realities of life, work, and well-being during the coronavirus crisis.

Our guest today, Dr. Bobbi Herzberg, is a political scientist with extensive knowledge about healthcare policy in the US.  We invited Bobbi to join us to discuss a Civil Squared community question about Medicare-for-all, as well as to weigh in on healthcare today as we consider trade-offs between cost, quality, and access during COVID-19.

Show Notes:

Bernie Sanders Medicare-for-All plan

Non-partisan report on financing Medicare-for-All

Mercatus Center COVID-19 coverage

Matthew Mitchell on certificate-of-need laws

Emergent Ventures

NYT piece about Dr. Helen Chu’s work on early testing

Recommended reading from Bobbi on regulations and COVID-19:

Competitive Enterprise Institute: Getting Rid of #NeverNeeded Regulations Hindering Coronavirus Response

WSJ: FDA Shouldn’t Keep Safe Drugs off the Market

About our guest:

Dr. Bobbi Herzberg is a Distinguished Senior Fellow for the F. A. Hayek Program in Advanced Study in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics and a Senior Research Fellow at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University in Virginia. She is also emeritus professor of political science at Utah State University.

Dr. Herzberg has been the principal investigator on a number of academic and federal grants that examine health and education policy. In addition, she has served on several state policy committees including the Utah Health Policy Commission, the Small Employer Health Benefits study group, the Medical Education Council, and the Health Advisory Council.