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The Libertarian, Humanist, & Economic Case for Obamacare (Grand Rapids)

January 9, 2013
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

The Sweet House
254 E. Fulton
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States

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Organized by:
Jennifer Beahan
Phone: 616-698-2342 x801
Email: jbeahan@centerforinquiry.org


Join us for a lecture “The Libertarian, Humanist, and Economic Case for Obamacare” by Jessica Kelton.

The health care mandate, the centerpiece of Obamacare, was a libertarian, market-based approach to health care reform. It was also a necessary step to ensure that we as a society are upholding the dignity of the individual and addressing the health care needs of our fellow citizens.

To understand why health care reform was essential to the long term health of our economy and how Obamacare is a libertarian, market-based approach to achieve that goal, it is necessary to understand how incomplete information and competing interests lead to inefficient outcomes in health care markets. These inefficient outcomes result in the rising cost of health care, which is the primary factor driving the debate around changes to Medicare. Finally, the talk emphasizes that neither Medicare nor Social Security are going bankrupt and explains the misconceptions about how the programs work, how they are financed, and how they do not add to the deficit or debt.

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After the meeting, join us at Vitale’s Restaurant, 834 Leonard NE, Grand Rapids, MI to socialize. View Map

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About Jessica Kelton


Jessica Kelton graduated cum laude with a B.A. in economics and a minor in business through the Honors College at the University of North Texas in 2006. After an internship and subsequent position as a research assistant at the Greater Dallas Chamber of Commerce, she returned to the University of North Texas and in 2009 completed her M.S. in economics with a focus in econometrics and labor economics. After a year of studying in the economics doctoral program at Michigan State University, Jessica decided to leave academia and instead focus her career on activism and economic development. She has currently been working to educate her community about the realities of the economy and the simple logic needed to solve some of the gravest problems we face, including high unemployment and poverty. In addition to the basic economics talks she gives around the Greater Lansing area, Jessica teaches economics courses at Lansing Community College. She also consults for various nonprofit organizations and campaigns in the Lansing area and works as a program analyst for a statewide economic development organization.