Chat Transcript: Oberlander on election results

On Thursday, Nov. 8, Dr. Jonathan Oberlander, a professor of Social Medicine and Health Policy & Management at UNC, discussed how the results of the Nov. 6 elections will affect health care and Affordable Care Act. Read the transcript at

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Jonathan Oberlander, PhD, is professor of Social Medicine in the University of North Carolina School of Medicine and of Health Policy & Management in the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health.  He also holds an adjunct appointment in the Department of Political Science.  His research interests include health care politics and policy, health care reform, Medicare, American politics, and public policy.

Dr. Oberlander is author of The Political Life of Medicare (University of Chicago Press, 2003).  He is also co-editor of the 3-volume series The Social Medicine Reader, 2nd ed., (Duke University Press, 2005).  His articles have appeared in the New England Journal of Medicine, Annals of Internal Medicine, Health Affairs, Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law, and Law & Contemporary Problems. 

His writings have examined topics ranging from Medicare’s prescription drug benefit to lessons from past health reform episodes and the fight over renewing the Children’s Health Insurance Program.  Dr. Oberlander is currently working on a book project on the politics of health reform.  He is also working on a series of articles about cost control and health reform during the Obama administration.