February 02, 2016

In recent years, bitter partisan disputes erupted over health care reform. Democrats and Republicans continue to fiercely contest issues such as prescription drug coverage and how to finance Medicare to absorb the baby boomers. On Feb. 2 at 6 p.m. in the Pugh Hall Ocora, Jonathan Oberlander, professor and chair of Social Medicine and professor of Health Policy & Management at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, explored ongoing political fights over and implementation of the Affordable Care Act, health care cost control and Medicare reform.

Oberlander speaks regularly to community groups, medical professionals, and non-academic audiences on health care reform, the Affordable Care Act, and Medicare, trying to translate the complexity and technical detail of health policy into something more understandable and accessible. He has commented on health care politics for a number of media outlets, including the New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, the New York Review of Books, National Public Radio, the BBC, the Australian Broadcasting Company, Politico, CBS News, and PBS.

Oberlander holds a Ph.D. and M.A. in political science from Yale University, and a B.A. in political science from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.