Upcoming event: David Blatt debates health care reform and Medicaid expansion

bigstockphoto_health_care_reform_green_road__5632944On May 1st, supporters and opponents of expanding Medicaid coverage under the Affordable Care Act will participate in a debate sponsored by the Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs.

Speakers will include:

  • David Blatt, Executive Director of OK Policy. Blatt is a member and regional co-chair of the Scholars Strategy Network and was named political scientist of the year by the Oklahoma Political Science Association in 2013. 
  • Peter Aran, M.D., Senior Vice President/Quality Attainment, St. Francis Health System. Aran served on the St. Francis board of directors from 1996 to 2009, and currently serves on the Tulsa County Medical Society board of directors as well as the American College of Physician Executives.
  • G. Keith Smith, M.D., co-founder, medical director, CEO and active physician of The Surgery Center of Oklahoma. Smith has been a board-certified anesthesiologist in practice since 1990. In 2009,  Smith launched a website displaying all-inclusive pricing for surgical procedures.
  • Avik Roy, Senior Fellow, The Manhattan Institute; Opinion Editor at Forbes. Roy served as health care policy adviser to Mitt Romney in 2012. His blog at Forbes, The Apothecary,  has received widespread readership and acclaim from pundits and policymakers of all political stripes.  

The debate will be held on May 1st at the Oklahoma History Center (800 Nazih Zuhdi Dr., Oklahoma City, OK 73105). Free box lunches will be provided at 11:30, and the debate will take place from 12:00 to 1:00. RSVP to Kelly Hughes at Kelly@ocpathink.org or by calling (405) 602-1667 by April 29.

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Carly Putnam joined OK Policy in 2013. As Policy Director, she supervises policy research and strategy. She previously worked as an OK Policy intern, and she was OK Policy's health care policy analyst through July 2020. She graduated from the University of Tulsa in 2013. As a student, she was a participant in the National Education for Women (N.E.W.) Leadership Institute and interned with Planned Parenthood. Carly is a graduate of the Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits Nonprofit Management Certification; the Oklahoma Developmental Disabilities Council’s Partners in Policymaking; The Mine, a social entrepreneurship fellowship in Tulsa; and Leadership Tulsa Class 62. She currently serves on the boards of Restore Hope Ministries and The Arc of Oklahoma. In her free time, she enjoys reading, cooking, and doing battle with her hundred year-old house.

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