The Brian Lehrer Show

Newsmakers meet New Yorkers as host Brian Lehrer and his guests take on the issues dominating conversation in New York and around the world. This daily program from WNYC Studios cuts through the usual talk radio punditry and brings a smart, humane approach to the day's events and what matters most in local and national politics, our own communities and our lives. WNYC Studios is a listener-supported producer of other leading podcasts including Radiolab, On the Media, Snap Judgment, Death, Sex & Money, Nancy, Here’s the Thing with Alec Baldwin and many others. © WNYC Studios

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Debating the Cause of the High Cost of Healthcare


Americans routinely say drug prices are a top health care concern. Health care costs in the United States are some 18 percent of GNP, nearly double what other rich countries spend.  We read of drug therapies that cost $300,000 a year or more, and of drug price increases that are 6 times the rate of inflation. So what do we do about high drug costs and who’s to blame?  Ezekiel Emanuel, the "architect of Obamacare," and vice provost for global initiatives and chair of the Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy at the University of Pennsylvania, and Paul Howard, director of health policy at the Manhattan Institute, a member of their Project FDA, and a columnist for The Morning Consult, debate whether Big Pharma is responsible for out-of-control healthcare costs.EVENT TONIGHT: Buy Tickets for the Intelligence Squared Debate series at the Skirball Center at New York University at 6:45 PM


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 2016-10-13  15m