Report explores health care reform and U.S. election

Zack Cooper, a Yale expert on health care policy, explains in simple terms what the challenges are in the U.S. health care system and how each candidate proposes to address them. The video is an introduction to a paper he wrote for Yale's Institution for Social and Policy Studies and the Centre for Economic Performance based at the London School of Economics.
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As part of a collaboration between Yale and the London School of Economics (LSE), Zack Cooper, an authority on the economics of public health with joint appointments in the Yale School of Public Health and the economics department, has distilled the complexities of U.S. health care reform into a report designed to be accessible to a general audience.

The brief — which was prepared as a joint effort of Yale’s Institution for Social and Policy Studies and LSE’s Centre for Economic Performance — serves as a guide to people all over the world who are interested in the unique challenges of the American health care system and how they affect the presidential election.

“The U.S. health care system will have an enormous impact on what happens to the country’s public finances and the economy more general,” notes Romesh Vaitilingam, a spokesman for the LSE center. “So we thought [it would] be useful for policymakers, media commentators, and a broader public audience to have a succinct overview of how U.S. health care works and what are the big issues up for debate. … [W]e wanted to provide a little background and research evidence at a time when world’s gaze is keenly focused on the outcome of this presidential election. “

Read Cooper’s brief, “Healthcare Reform: U.S. Policy Debate.”

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