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March 3, 2020 – The Candidates on Health Care

Health care is nearly 18% of the U.S. economy and how to pay for it is one of the top issues in the 2020 race for president. Every financial journalist needs to know how the system works, or doesn't work. This informative session will dig into the facts and choices underlying slogans such as Medicare for All and Medicare for All Who Want It.

Our two speakers:

Sara R. Collins, Ph.D., is vice president for health care coverage and access at The Commonwealth Fund. An economist, Dr. Collins directs the Fund’s program on insurance coverage and access. She also directs the Fund’s research initiative on Tracking Health System Performance. Since joining the Fund in 2002, Dr. Collins has led several multi-year national surveys on health insurance and authored numerous reports, issue briefs and journal articles on health insurance coverage, health reform, and the Affordable Care Act. She has provided invited testimony before several Congressional committees and subcommittees. Prior to joining the Fund, Dr. Collins was associate director/senior research associate at the New York Academy of Medicine, Division of Health and Science Policy. Earlier in her career, she was an associate editor at U.S. News & World Report, a senior economist at Health Economics Research, and a senior health policy analyst in the New York City Office of the Public Advocate. She holds an A.B. in economics from Washington University and a Ph.D. in economics from George Washington University.

Christopher Pope is a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute. Previously, he was director of policy research at West Health, a nonprofit medical research organization; health-policy fellow at the U.S. House Committee on Energy and Commerce; and research manager at the American Enterprise Institute. Pope’s research focuses on healthcare payment policy, and he has recently published reports on hospital-market regulation, entitlement design, and insurance-market reform. His work has appeared in, among others, the Wall Street Journal, Health Affairs, US News and World Report, and Politico. Pope holds a B.Sc. in government and economics from the London School of Economics and an M.A. and Ph.D. in political science from Washington University in St. Louis.


Peter Coy, NYFWA board member and economics editor of Bloomberg Businessweek magazine.

The evening will begin at 5:30 with a reception featuring drinks and appetizers. The discussion will begin at 6 p.m. and the evening will wrap up by 7:30 p.m.

The event is open to NYFWA members in good standing who have paid their 2019 dues. Guests of the NYFWA are welcome to attend for $15, which must be paid in advance using the following link:

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When: Tuesday, March 3, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Where: Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY, 219 West 40th St.(between 7th and 8th avenues).