Audio Debate: The 2008 Presidential Campaigns on Health Care


E. Richard Brown is the director of the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research, a professor at the UCLA School of Public Health and a health policy advisor for the 2008 Barack Obama Presidential Campaign. Brown has studied and written extensively about a broad range of issues and policies that affect the access of disadvantaged populations to health care. His recent research focuses on health insurance coverage, the lack of coverage, and the effects of public policies, managed care and market conditions on access to health services, particularly for disadvantaged populations, ethnic minorities and immigrants. Brown and the Center's studies of health insurance coverage, uninsurance and eligibility for public programs have been used by California's governors, legislators and advocates in crafting health insurance legislation and programs. Read more »

Daniel Kessler is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution, a professor at Stanford University's Graduate School of Business, and a health policy surrogate for the 2008 John McCain Presidential Campaign. Kessler teaches courses on economics, public policy and the health care industry. Among his recent publications are "The Effect of Hospital Ownership on Medical Productivity" with Mark McClellan, forthcoming in the RAND Journal of Economics, and "Designing Hospital Antitrust Policy to Promote Social Welfare," which appeared in Frontiers in Health Policy Research. He holds a Ph.D. in economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a J.D. from Stanford Law School. Read more »

Doug Sovern is a political correspondent for KCBS Radio All-News 740 AM in San Francisco and, where you'll also find his blog on the presidential race, Sovern Nation.

This panel discussion was conducted on September 16, 2008.