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December 4 Great Debate on Healthcare: A Right or Privilege?

On Wednesday, December 4, the Great Debate series continues at the Humanities Institute. In a lively, parliamentary-style debate, the two opposing sides will discuss “Be It Resolved that Healthcare is a Right and Not a Privilege” in Humanities 1006 at 4 pm.

Is healthcare in a developed country a basic right — must all citizens have access to affordable, quality care? Or is it a privilege — is private insurance the best way to provide the best care possible to those who can afford it? The following teams will represent their side of the issue.

Arguing in the affirmative will be Reuven Pasternak, Chief Executive Officer and Vice President for Health Systems of Stony Brook University Hospital and Norman Edelman, Professor of Preventive Medicine, Internal Medicine, and Physiology and Biophysics at Stony Brook University Hospital.

Arguing the opposing point of view will be Mark J. Shikowitz, Vice Chairman of the ENT Department and Professor of Otolaryngology at North Shore LIJ and Raymond J. Keating, chief economist for the Small Business and Entrepreneurship Council.

The audience will vote for the winner based on how convincingly each team argues its side of the issue. James Klurfeld, Professor of Journalism at Stony Brook, will be the Speaker of the House and Malcolm Bowman, Distinguished Service Professor of Oceanography at Stony Brook, will be the Parliamentary Whip.

The Great Debate series, held each semester in the Humanities Institute, is co-sponsored by the School of Journalism and the School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences. A holiday party will follow the debate.

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