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March 13, 2013


At the heart of America’s long-standing debate about health and health care is a fundamental tension between individual rights and social responsibilities. The 2013 Mansfield Conference, “The Future of Health Care in America: Balancing Individual Rights with Social Responsibility,” will address that tension Tuesday through Thursday, March 19-21, at The University of Montana.

Eight sessions over three days will feature lectures and panel discussions on topics such as implementation of the Affordable Care Act, Medicare, Medicaid, health insurance coverage and obesity. The goal of the conference is to provide a forum for informed discussions on these important and controversial issues and to increase awareness of, and sensitivity to, the political and ethical questions they raise.

Five of the nation’s leading experts on health care will be featured throughout the conference: Mark Hall, a professor at the Wake Forest School of Law; Megan McArdle, a special correspondent for Newsweek and the Daily Beast and a former senior editor at The Atlantic Monthly; James Morone, a political science professor at Brown University; Jack Mudd, the senior vice president of the Providence Services Corporation; and Avik Roy, a columnist for National Review and Forbes and the former health care adviser to Mitt Romney. These presenters will be joined by a range of policy experts, practitioners and media figures from Montana, including Mike Dennison, Carl Graham, Monica Lindeen, Sally Mauk, Richard Opper, Tom Roberts and Larry White.

All sessions will be held in the University Center. The schedule is:

  • Session 1: 8-9:15 p.m. Tuesday, UC North Ballroom; introductory remarks “Ethics, Public Affairs, Human Rights and Health,” Paul Lauren; “The Practical and Moral Challenges of Health Care Reform: Quality, Efficiency and Personal Responsibility,” Jack Mudd.
  • Session 2: 10-11:30 a.m. Wednesday, UC North Ballroom; “Political Battles Over Health Care: Past, Present and Future,” James Morone; respondents: Avik Roy and Jeremy Johnson; moderator: Robert Saldin.
  • Session 3: 1-2:30 p.m. Wednesday, UC North Ballroom; “The Conservative Case for Universal Coverage,” Avik Roy; respondents: Tom Roberts and Mark Hall; moderator: Dane Scott.
  • Session 4: 3-4:30 p.m. Wednesday, UC North Ballroom; “Should the Youth Subsidize the Old? The Affordable Care Act’s Communitarian Values,” Mark Hall; respondents: Susan Kohler, Megan McArdle and Larry White; moderator: Anthony Johnstone.
  • Session 5: 7:30-9 p.m. Wednesday, UC Theater; “21st Century Health Care: Balancing the Tension Between Individual Rights and Community Responsibilities,” Megan McArdle and James Morone; respondents: Mark Hall and Avik Roy; moderator: Ian Marquand.
  • Session 6: 10-11:30 a.m. Thursday, UC North Ballroom; “Overselling Obesity: Why Lean Cuisine Can’t Solve Our Health Care Cost Crisis,” Megan McArdle; respondents: James Morone and Heather Sauro; moderator: Mark Hanson.
  • Session 7: 1-2:30 p.m. Thursday, UC North Ballroom; “The Future of Health Care in Montana: Medicaid Expansion in the Big Sky State,” panelists: Mike Dennison, Michael Foster, Carl Graham and Richard Opper; moderator: Anthony Johnstone.
  • Session 8: 3-4:30 p.m. Thursday, UC North Ballroom; “The Future of Health Care in America,” panelists: Jeff Fee, Monica Lindeen, Megan McArdle, James Morone, Jack Mudd and Avik Roy; moderator: Sally Mauk.

All sessions are free and open to the public. The conference is co-sponsored by the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Center at UM, the Project on American Democracy and Citizenship, the Mansfield Ethics and Public Affairs Program and the UM President’s Excellence Fund. More information on sessions and participants is available online at

For more information call Dane Scott, director of the Mansfield Ethics and Public Affairs Program, at 406-214-4520 or email; or call UM Associate Professor Rob Saldin at 208-850-5967 or email



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Contact: Dane Scott, director, Mansfield Ethics and Public Affairs Program at UM, 406-214-4520,; Rob Saldin, associate professor, UM Department of Political Science, 208-850-5967,