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“My Kid Has Cancer and ObamaCare Is Making Everything Worse”
Thursday, October 29, 2020

“Joe Biden has been running an ad in which he says he can’t imagine what it would be like to have a child with cancer and no health coverage. I don’t have to imagine. Under the health 'reform' championed by Biden when he served as President Barack Obama’s Vice President, I live that reality every day.
Christopher B. Briggs, Publications and Public Affairs Counsel, Independent Institute; from his article, “My Kid Has Cancer and ObamaCare Is Making Everything Worse” (New York Post, October 26, 2020)

This event featured Independent Institute Executive Director Dr. Graham H. Walker interviewing Christopher B. Briggs and Independent Senior Fellow John C. Goodman on the horrendous experience Mr. Briggs and his family have endured with the passage of Affordable Care Act ("ObamaCare") after his youngest daughter was diagnosed with leukemia. They then discussed healthcare in America, the enormous harms being caused by ObamaCare and the market-based, patient-centered reforms that are needed now and for the future, as are discussed in the new Independent book by Dr. Goodman, New Way to Care: Social Protections that Put Families First.

Featuring
Graham H. Walker
Graham H. Walker is Executive Director and Assistant Editor for The Independent Review: A Journal of Political Economy at the Independent Institute. He received his Ph.D. in public law and government from the University of Notre Dame. Dr. Walker has served as Associate Professor of Politics at Catholic University of America, Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Pennsylvania, Visiting Scholar in Social Science at the Institute for Advanced Study (Princeton, NJ), Senior Research Scholar at the Witherspoon Institute, Headmaster at Oaks Christian School, Vice President for Academic Affairs at Oklahoma Wesleyan University, Visiting Scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, President at Patrick Henry College, Legislative Aide to former Congressman David Stockman, and Fellow at the Presidio Institute.
Christopher B. Briggs
Christopher B. Briggs is Publications and Public Affairs Counsel at the Independent Institute. He received his B.A. in history and English summa cum laude from Bowdoin College and holds an M.A. in political theory from The Catholic University of America (where he also completed the coursework for the Ph.D. in the same field). He has been a H. B. Earhart Fellow, Richard M. Weaver Fellow, and Marguerite Eyer Wilbur Foundation Fellow (as literary assistant to Russell Kirk). He has served as managing director (and owner) of Spence Media; vice president for institutional advancement at Ave Maria University; executive director of Aid to the Church in Russia; senior editor of ISI Books at the Intercollegiate Studies Institute; assistant editor, Liberty Fund, Inc.; books editor for The American Spectator; editor of Gateway Classics and the Conservative Leadership Series at Regnery Publishing, Inc.; and staff director for former Jersey City, N.J., Mayor Bret Schundler.
John C. Goodman
John C. Goodman is Senior Fellow at the Independent Institute, President of the Goodman Institute for Public Policy Research, and author of the widely acclaimed, Independent books, New Way to Care: Social Protections that Put Families First, A Better Choice: Healthcare Solutions for America, and the award-winning, Priceless: Curing the Healthcare Crisis. The Wall Street Journal and the National Journal, among other media, have called him the “Father of Health Savings Accounts.” Frequently invited to testify before Congress on health care, entitlements and fiscal reform, Dr. Goodman received his Ph.D. in economics from Columbia University, he has been President and Kellye Wright Fellow in Health Care at the National Center for Policy Analysis, and he has taught and completed research at Columbia University, Stanford University, Dartmouth College, Southern Methodist University and the University of Dallas.



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