Three days of lectures and panel discussions this Tuesday through Thursday will address the tensions between individual rights and social responsibilities during the 2013 Mansfield Conference at the University of Montana.

The focus of this year's conference is “The Future of Health Care in America: Balancing Individual Rights with Social Responsibility".

In eight separate sessions over the three day period, topics such as implementing the Affordable Health Care Act, Medicare, Medicaid, health insurance and even the topic of obesity and how it does and will affect America's health care system.

Dane Scott, Director of Mansfield Ethics and Public Affairs programming said on Friday that "five of the nation’s leading experts on health care will be featured throughout the conference: Mark Hall, a professor at the Wake Forest School of Law; Megan McArdle, a special correspondent for Newsweek and the Daily Beast and a former senior editor at The Atlantic Monthly; James Morone, a political science professor at Brown University; Jack Mudd, the senior vice president of the Providence Services Corporation; and Avik Roy, a columnist for National Review and Forbes and the former health care adviser to Mitt Romney".

Scott says all the sessions and lectures are free and open to the public. Scott says all the sessions will betaped and broadcast by Missoula Community Access Television.

Below, find the entire schedule provided by University Relations:

All sessions will be held in the University Center. The schedule is:

  • · Session 1: 8-9:15 p.m. Tuesday, UC North Ballroom; introductory remarks “Ethics, Public Affairs, Human Rights and Health,” Paul Lauren; “The Practical and Moral Challenges of Health Care Reform: Quality, Efficiency and Personal Responsibility,” Jack Mudd.
  • · Session 2: 10-11:30 a.m. Wednesday, UC North Ballroom; “Political Battles Over Health Care: Past, Present and Future,” James Morone; respondents: Avik Roy and Jeremy Johnson; moderator: Robert Saldin.
  • · Session 3: 1-2:30 p.m. Wednesday, UC North Ballroom; “The Conservative Case for Universal Coverage,” Avik Roy; respondents: Tom Roberts and Mark Hall; moderator: Dane Scott.
  • · Session 4: 3-4:30 p.m. Wednesday, UC North Ballroom; “Should the Youth Subsidize the Old? The Affordable Care Act’s Communitarian Values,” Mark Hall; respondents: Susan Kohler, Megan McArdle and Larry White; moderator: Anthony Johnstone.
  • · Session 5: 7:30-9 p.m. Wednesday, UC Theater; “21st Century Health Care: Balancing the Tension Between Individual Rights and Community Responsibilities,” Megan McArdle and James Morone; respondents: Mark Hall and Avik Roy; moderator: Ian Marquand.
  • · Session 6: 10-11:30 a.m. Thursday, UC North Ballroom; “Overselling Obesity: Why Lean Cuisine Can’t Solve Our Health Care Cost Crisis,” Megan McArdle; respondents: James Morone and Heather Sauro; moderator: Mark Hanson.
  • · Session 7: 1-2:30 p.m. Thursday, UC North Ballroom; “The Future of Health Care in Montana: Medicaid Expansion in the Big Sky State,” panelists: Mike Dennison, Michael Foster, Carl Graham and Richard Opper; moderator: Anthony Johnstone.
  • · Session 8: 3-4:30 p.m. Thursday, UC North Ballroom; “The Future of Health Care in America,” panelists: Jeff Fee, Monica Lindeen, Megan McArdle, James Morone, Jack Mudd and Avik Roy; moderator: Sally Mauk.

 Dane Scott with the Mansfield Center