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WATCH: Last night’s Wonkblog Debate on Obamacare


A terrific panel and crowd gathered Tuesday night at the DC Improv for the second of the Wonkblog Debates. The topic was "Obamacare: Will it work?" and the attendees heard a thoughtful discussion from some of the country's smartest health policy thinkers on the future of the president's health reform law.

Here are their opening statements. First, with the pro-Obamacare case, was Anne Filipic, the president of Enroll America.

Next, Ben Domenech, publisher of The Federalist and a former Bush administration Health and Human Services staffer, argued that in deciding whether Obamacare will "work," it's important to decide what you mean by "working."

Aaron Smith, the co-founder of Young Invincibles, meanwhile, remains optimistic about the law while acknowledging that reaching the millions of uninsured, particularly younger Americans, will be challenging.

And Gail Wilensky, senior fellow at Project HOPE and an official in the George H.W. Bush administration, said that her fellow Republicans need to accept that the Affordable Care Act is here to stay, but to work to fix what she sees as flaws in its design.

We'll have more highlights from the conversation on Wonkblog later.



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