What are the DLS Debates?
DLS Debates were a new and exciting initiative introduced during our 2013 season to bring the Oxford Union and robust English style debating to Vero Beach. Debates like they used to have in our Congress and Senate — especially appealing to grown-ups who are curious and who want to understand competing perspectives on serious and difficult issues facing our leadership and our nation. They provide a kind of “intellectual ping-pong” about the issue which both challenge and engage the audience.
With our first debate held on April 15, 2013, these debates now occupy a unique position in Vero Beach's social and intellectual landscape and will continue to provide a forum for debate on the crucial issues of the day. Attendees vote either for or against the motion as they arrive, and then vote again after the debate so that any change in sentiment can be measured. There is an opportunity for audience members to ask questions from the floor, which adds to everyone's understanding of the issue, providing additional insight.
TUESDAY, JANUARY 21, 2014
MOTION: THE NATION NEEDS THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT
5:00 p.m. Reception
5:30 - 7:00 p.m. Debate
Tickets $50 Adults / $15 Students
Meet the Debaters
Dr. Gary Gottlieb, President and CEO of Partners HealthCare
Dr. Glenn Steele, President and CEO of Geisinger Health System
Avik Roy, Manhattan Institute Senior Fellow and Forbes health-care columnist
Steven Brill, Author of the seminal article in TIME magazine, Bitter Pill: Why Medical Bills Are Killing Us
Moderator: Susan Dentzer, Senior Policy Adviser for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and PBS Health Care analyst
Hear the arguments FOR and AGAINST the motion, then cast YOUR vote!
READ MORE about the debaters
Save the date for our second debate!
TUESDAY, APRIL 15, 2014
Dr. Gary Gottlieb
President and CEO of Partners HealthCare
Gary L. Gottlieb, M.D., is the President and CEO of Partners HealthCare. Dr. Gottlieb is a Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies. He served as president of Brigham and Women’s/Faulkner Hospitals, as president of North Shore Medical Center and as chairman of Partners Psychiatry.
Prior to moving to Boston, Dr. Gottlieb spent 15 years in positions of increasing leadership in health care in Philadelphia. As a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholar at the University of Pennsylvania, he earned an M.B.A with distinction in Health Care Administration from the Wharton Graduate School of Business Administration.
Dr. Gottlieb established the University of Pennsylvania Medical Center’s first program in geriatric psychiatry and developed it into a nationally recognized research, training and clinical program. He served as Executive Vice-Chair of Psychiatry and Associate Dean for Managed Care at the University of Pennsylvania Medical Center, and as Director and CEO of Friends Hospital in Philadelphia.
Dr. Gottlieb received his M.D. from the Albany Medical College of Union University in a six-year accelerated biomedical program. He completed his internship and residency and served as Chief Resident at New York University/Bellevue Medical Center.
Dr. Glenn Steele
President and CEO of Geisinger Health System
Glenn D. Steele Jr., MD, PhD, is President and Chief Executive Officer of Geisinger Health System, an integrated health services organization in central and northeastern Pennsylvania nationally recognized for its innovative use of the electronic health record and the development and implementation of innovative care models.
Dr. Steele previously served as the dean of the Biological Sciences Division and the Pritzker School of Medicine and vice president for medical affairs at the University of Chicago, as well as the Richard T. Crane Professor in the Department of Surgery. Prior to that, he was the William V. McDermott Professor of Surgery at Harvard Medical School, president and chief executive officer of Deaconess Professional Practice Group, Boston, Mass., and chairman of the department of surgery at New England Deaconess Hospital (Boston, Mass.). Dr. Steele is also past Chairman of the American Board of Surgery. He received his bachelor’s degree in history and literature from Harvard University and his medical degree from New York University School of Medicine. He completed his internship and residency in surgery at the University of Colorado, where he was also a fellow of the American Cancer Society. He earned his Ph.D. in microbiology at Lund University in Sweden.
Dr. Steele's investigations have focused most recently on innovations in healthcare delivery and financing, and he is a prolific writer, having authored or co-authored more than 481 scientific and professional articles. He is a member of numerous boards and national committees and has received several prestigious awards, including being named to Modern Healthcare’s 50 Most Powerful Physician Executives in Healthcare, the “100 Most Powerful People in Healthcare”, and among Becker’s Hospital Review’s 100 Non-Profit Hospital Health System CEOs to know List (2012).
Manhattan Institute Senior Fellow and Forbes health-care columnist
Avik Roy is a Senior Fellow at the Manhattan Institute. In 2012, Roy served as a health care policy adviser to Mitt Romney. He is editor and principal author of “The Apothecary,” the influential Forbes blog on health care policy and entitlement reform. MSNBC's Chris Hayes calls the book "one of the best takes from conservatives on that set of issues." Ezra Klein of the Washington Post calls “The Apothecary” one of the few "blogs I disagree with [that] I check daily."
In addition, Roy writes a weekly column for National Review Online on politics and policy. He is a frequent guest on television news programs, including appearances on Fox News, Fox Business, MSNBC, CNBC, Bloomberg, PBS, and HBO. His work has also appeared in The Atlantic, USA Today, National Affairs, and The American Spectator, among other publications.
At the Manhattan Institute, Roy's research interests include the Affordable Care Act, universal coverage, entitlement reform, international health systems, and FDA policy. Roy is the founder of Roy Healthcare Research, an investment research firm in New York. Previously, he served as an analyst and portfolio manager at Bain Capital, J.P. Morgan, and other firms.
Author of the seminal article in TIME magazine, Bitter Pill: Why Medical Bills Are Killing Us
Steven Brill is co-founder/CEO of Journalism Online, developer of Press+, an e-commerce platform that offers digital publishers flexible subscription models to collect revenue from their online readers. Spanning 30 years as a media entrepreneur, Mr. Brill founded and ran Court TV, The American Lawyer magazine and ten regional legal newspapers, and Brill's Content magazine. A graduate of Yale College and Yale Law School, he has written for The New Yorker, Time, Harpers, and The New York Times Magazine, among other magazines and news sites.
The author of three books, Mr. Brill also teaches journalism at Yale, where he founded the Yale Journalism Initiative to help encourage talented young people to consider the journalism profession. The Initiative has trained and motivated more than 100 Yale Journalism Scholars who are employed at some of the world’s most prestigious news organizations.
Senior policy adviser for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and PBS Health Care analyst.
Susan Dentzer is Senior Policy Adviser at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the nation’s largest philanthropy focused on health and health care in the United States. One of the nation's most respected health and health policy thought leaders and journalists, she is also an on-air analyst on health issues on the PBS NewsHour. From 2008 to April 2013, she was the editor-in-chief of Health Affairs, the nation’s leading peer-reviewed journal of health policy, and led the transformation of that journal from a bimonthly academic publication into a highly topical publication and web site with more than 120 million page views annually. From 1998 to 2008, she led the PBS NewsHour’s health unit as on-air health correspondent, and was the recipient of numerous honors and awards.
Ms. Dentzer is an elected member of the Institute of Medicine and the Council on Foreign Relations. She graduated from Dartmouth, is a trustee emerita of the college, and chaired the Dartmouth Board of Trustees from 2001 to 2004. She currently serves as a member of the Board of Overseers of Dartmouth Medical School and is an Overseer of the International Rescue Committee, a leading humanitarian organization. She is also on the board of directors of Research!America, which advocates for increased US investment in biomedical research, and is a public trustee of the Board of Directors of the American Board of Medical Specialties. A widely admired communicator, Ms. Dentzer is a frequent speaker before a wide variety of health care and other groups, and a frequent commentator on such National Public Radio shows as the Diane Rehm Show and This American Life.