2014 National Debate Series: Beyond Gridlock The Affordable Care Act The Debaters Moderator Transcripts PBS airtimes RESOLVED: The Affordable Care Act is Bad for America Full Episode The fear of losing what you have Funding the ACA A Net Benefit for our Society The Canada Comparison 'Apocalyptic' attitudes Host Doug Blackmon moderates a special American Forum debate on the impact of the Affordable Care Act. Jonathan Chait, Jonathan Cohn, Sally Pipes, and Avik Roy argue their positions and explore common ground. Jonathan Chait explains how fear of the unknown affects polling data on attitudes towards the Affordable Care Act Avik Roy discusses the role of Medicare funding and taxes in paying for the Affordable Care Act Jonathan Cohn discusses the latest numbers regarding changes in heath care costs across the population, and argues for a net benefit for American society due to the ACA. Sally Pipes points to the example of the Canadian single-payer healthcare system, arguing that the ACA will lead to problems seen north of the border Moderator Doug Blackmon reflects on how the debaters see the position of their opponents, and the implications for finding common ground Other Miller Center Items of Interest Miller Center Report – The State Health Care Cost Containment Commission (January 2014 ) Colloquium – The Future of U.S. Health Care (December 2013) American Forum – Amanda Bennett – Love, Death and the Health Care Crisis (October 2012) Colloquium – Progressivism’s Holy Grail – Obama and Health-Care Reform (February 2011) American Forum – A Global Quest for Better, Cheaper, and Fairer Health Care – TR Reid (February 2011) Barack Obama Address to Congress on Health Care (September 2009) Past Miller Center debate on healthcare (April 2008) American Forum - The Health Care Crisis: Contours of the Debate (March 2008) Bill Clinton Address to Congress on Health Care Reform (September 22, 1993) Presidential Recordings Program – All the Incentives are Toward Less Medical Care – Richard Nixon (1971) Ronald Reagan's Speech on Socialized Medicine (1964) Related Material Study in New England Journal of Medicine on effects of Medicaid on patient experiences April 2014 Congressional Budget Office update on estimated fiscal effects of Affordable Care Act. "Nonpartisan study found health care cost increases are due to aging U.S. Population" July 2014 Congressional Budget Office report on causes of growth in spending for Social Security and major health care programs Read the March 2014 Gallup Poll that found 15.9% of all Americans were uninsured; down sharply from high of 18% CMS also said 2023 spending will be lower than once anticipated, and number of uninsured will fall by 50% OECD says health costs grew 4.9% a year until 2009, then fell to just 0.2% a year from 2009-2011 Updated Estimates of the Insurance Coverage Provisions of the Affordable Care Act Federal report in June 2014 said tax credits cut cost of "Silver Plan" to $82, down from $346 Kaiser report found 46% got lower premiums, while 39% said rates are higher Pew poll in May 2014 found 55% dislike Obamacare, while 41% of Americans approve of the plan View a related poll by Kaiser See Avik Roy's proposal to "Transcend Obamacare" Click Here for more information on the 2014 National Debate Series.