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ISPS Special Event: "The Future of Medicare: Policy Options and Political Realities"

Simply put, spending on Medicare is the reason the United States has a long-term debt issue, say organizers of this panel discussion, hosted by the Institute for Social and Policy Studies at Yale. It's also fundamentally why we're seeing such damaging uncertainty in the U.S. economy at the moment. Unless we can get long-term Medicare spending under control, we're going to need more cuts or more taxes, and in our broken political system, that means more fiscal cliffs, more sequestration. The panel—New York Times columnist David Brooks (pictured), former director of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Thomas Scully, and Yale professors Zachary Cooper and Jacob Hacker—will explore the policy options available and examine the political realities of improving the Medicare program and making it fiscally sustainable. Washington Post reporter Sarah Kliff will moderate.


David Brooks, Political and cultural commentator and Op-Ed columnist for The New York Times

Zachary Cooper, Assistant Professor of Public Health (Health Policy), of Economics, and of Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Yale University 

Jacob Hacker, Stanley B. Resor Professor of Political Science and Director of ISPS, Yale University

Thomas Scully, Former Director of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) 2001-2003 under President George W. Bush

With Guest Moderator: Sarah Kliff, Reporter for The Washington Post covering health policy


  • Zachary Cooper, David Brooks, Jacob Hacker, Thomas Scully



Free: free


Lectures and Seminars
Apr 20132Tuesday
12:00 PM1:30 PM
The Presidents' Room, Woolsey Hall500 College StNew Haven, CT