Former Robert Wood Johnson Scholar in Health Policy Research at the University of Michigan
Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Is the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) Good for America?"
"For Democrats nervous about political fallout from the bill in the November midterm elections, it’s reassuring to imagine that the myths about the legislation — that it provides free coverage to illegal immigrants, uses taxpayer money to subsidize abortions and mandates end-of-life counseling for the elderly — will be dispelled by its passage...
The debate over health care reform, which was marred by false and misleading claims about the plan’s contents, provides a case study in how difficult it is to correct widely held misperceptions. Democrats cite various reasons to think that public understanding of the plan will improve in the aftermath of its enactment, but none of them are particularly persuasive...
Finally, the 'fog of controversy,' in the words of the House speaker, Nancy Pelosi, is unlikely to lift. With Republicans already arguing for the plan’s repeal, health care will play a major role in the midterms and the 2012 presidential campaign. The endless debate over reform will surely spawn new myths among voters already disenchanted with President Obama and the state of the economy.
In the end, access to health care may increase, but the plague of misinformation won’t be cured any time soon."
"The Fight Is Over, the Myths Remain," New York Times, Mar. 24, 2010
Experts Individuals with MDs, DOs, PhDs, JDs or equivalent advanced degrees in fields relevant to health care; top-level federal government officials significantly involved in health care and related issues. [Note: Experts definition varies by site.]
Involvement and Affiliations:
Assistant Professor of Government, Dartmouth College, 2011-present
Robert Wood Johnson Scholar in Health Policy Research, University of Michigan, 2009-2011
Fellow, Public Institutions and Political Choice Program, Duke University 2005-2009
Instructor, Experimental Analysis of the 2008 Election, Duke University, Fall 2008
Instructor, The American Presidency, Duke University, Fall 2007
Fellow, Program for Advanced Research in Social Science, Duke University, 2006-2007
Editor, Spinsanity, 2001-2004
Recipient, Award of Distinction, Center on Media and Public Affairs, 2003
Marketing and fundraising consultant, The Benetech Initiative, 2001-2003
Deputy Communications Director, Bernstein for US Senate, 2000
PhD, Political Science, Duke University, 2009
MA, Political Science, Duke University, 2005
BA, High Honors, Political Science, Swarthmore College, 2000