Panelists Thomas Murray, Peter Barland, Mary Ann Baily and Trudy Lieberman discuss the moral aspect of the current healthcare debate.
They examine the ethical issues involved in healthcare policy, the economics of health reform, the ethics of the way the debate is being conducted and reported, and physicians' perspectives on these issues.
Mary Ann Baily
Mary Ann Baily, Research Scholar, joined the research staff of The Hastings Center in October 2000. She is currently a Staff Investigator on The Hastings Center Guidelines on End-of-Life Care project. She was the Project Manager on "Ethical Decision-Making for Newborn Genetic Screening," a project funded by the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) and completed in 2007, and the Principal Investigator on "The Ethics of Improving Health Care Quality & Safety," a project funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality (AHRQ) and completed in 2006. From 2005 to 2006, she was a member of an Institute of Medicine Committee on Increasing Rates of Organ Donation.
Dr. Peter Barland
Peter Barland, M.D., is Professor of Medicine at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and the director of Rheumatology for Montefiore Hospital in New York. He is also the Director of Montefiore's Immunodiagnostic Laboratory. A graduate of Einstein, where he also trained, Peter was the recipient of the Arthritis Foundation's four year Research Training Fellowship. In recognition of his contributions to rheumatology, the Arthritis Foundation (New York Chapter) honored Dr. Barland in 1996 with its prestigious Charles M. Plotz Award.
Trudy Lieberman is the Director of the Health & Medicine Reporting Program at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism. She is the former director of the Center for Consumer Health Choices at Consumers Union, is a contributing editor to the Columbia Journalism Review and a contributor to The Nation. She began her career as a consumer writer at the Detroit Free Press. Lieberman has authored five books including Slanting the Story: the Forces That Shape the News (2000) and Consumer Reports Guide to Health Services for Seniors (2000), named one of the year's best consumer health books by Library Journal.
Thomas H. Murray
Thomas H. Murray is President of The Hastings Center. Dr. Murray was formerly the Director of the Center for Biomedical Ethics in the School of Medicine at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, where he was also the Susan E. Watson Professor of Bioethics. He is a founding editor of the journal Medical Humanities Review, and is on the editorial boards of The Hastings Center Report; Human Gene Therapy; Politics and the Life Sciences; Cloning, Science, and Policy; Medscape General Medicine; Teaching Ethics; Journal of Bioethical Inquiry and the Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics. He served as President of the Society for Health and Human Values and of the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities.
Thomas H. Murray, president of The Hastings Center, says that while opponents of healthcare reform contend a public option would infringe on individual freedom, the reality is much more complex. He argues a public option would promote freedom, ensuring all Americans are created equally.
Trudy Lieberman, director of the Health & Medicine Reporting Program at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, criticizes the media's portrayal of rationed healthcare. She explains the discussion should be framed as "rationalizing" healthcare, or allotting the best treatment where it will do the most good.