Two prominent voices in the debate over the legality of premium subsidies will go head to head Wednesday on the question of whether healthcare reform is succeeding, five years after the Affordable Care Act was signed into law.
Jonathan Gruber, a Massachusetts Institute of Technology health economist, and Michael Cannon, director of health policy studies at the libertarian Cato Institute, will duke it out in a debate hosted by Sun Life Financial, which will be streamed live.
Cannon, a peripatetic critic of the law, was a key influence behind the King v. Burwell challenge to the premium tax credits, which the U.S. Supreme Court is expected to decide in June. Gruber, who consulted in the drafting of the ACA, gained infamy in recent months after videos surfaced of him saying Democrats exploited the “stupidity of the American voter” to gain support for the law. He has since apologized.