Boise State Hosts Healthcare Debate

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Boise State's American Founding Initiative, along with the College of Social Sciences and Public Affairs will host a health care reform debate on Monday with two noted policy experts: Roger Stark from the Washington Policy Center and Lou Schlickman of Idaho Health Care for All.

Schlickman, a Meridian internist who has been in these pages many a time over the last year is holding out for a single payer health care model.

Stark, also an M.D., is a Washington State policy analyst for the free market think tank Washington Policy Center. The Center also has education, environment, transportation and labor tracks. Stark has produced a large body of "research" in defense of his organization's positions that health insurance is best left to the free market, including this defense of HSAs, the high risk-low benefit Bush administration brain child that citydesk begrudgingly carries.

Incidentally, the Washington Policy Center is affiliated with the Idaho Freedom Foundation through the right wing State Policy Network.

Here is how the debate invite reads:

Health care reform is the central policy debate of our time.
What will be the outcome? Market reforms that rely on
the private sector, or a greater role for the government?

You Decide ... Monday October 26, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Boise State University Special Events Center in the Student Union Building. Free Parking provided in the parking garage at University and Lincoln. This event is free and open to the public.