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MAHWAH, NJ – Ramapo College is hosting a symposium, Medicare and Medicaid: Reform or Abolish to Provide Better Health Care Outcomes, on Tuesday, April 21 at 7 p.m. in the Trustees Pavilion. The keynote speaker is Laurence J. Kotlikoff, president of Economic Security Planning, Inc., a company specializing in financial planning software and William Fairfield Warren Professor at Boston University.  He is one of the country’s leading experts in intergenerational accounting.

Professor Murray Sabrin of Ramapo College will serve as moderator.

Panelists participating in the symposium include:

  • David Knowlton, president and CEO, New Jersey Health Care Quality Institute
  • Dr. Gail Reilly, medical director of the Parker Family Health Center, a nonprofit free clinic that provides medical care for uninsured patients
  • Dr. Lois Copeland, a private practitioner in Hillsdale, N.J., and past president of the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons.
  • Dr. Alieta Eck, private practitioner and co-founder of Zarephath Health Center, in Franklin, N.J.

Medicare and Medicaid were created in 1965 as key components of President Johnson’s “Great Society” program.  Medicare is financed by payroll deductions and is facing significant financial challenges, with annual spending of nearly $800 billion. Passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act significantly expanded the number of Americans eligible for Medicaid, in addition to the federal funding allocated to the program. Critics and supports have been engaged in lively discussion about how these programs should be reformed or even abolished in order to provide for better health care options for the elderly and poor in the United States. The symposium will continue the discussion.

The event is free and open to the public. To register, visit

The event is made possible by grants from the Ramapo College Foundation and the Charles Koch Foundation.



Ramapo College of New Jersey is the state’s premier public liberal arts college and is committed to academic excellence through interdisciplinary and experiential learning, and international and intercultural understanding. The College is ranked #1 among New Jersey public institutions by College Choice, and is recognized as a top college by U.S. News & World Report, Kiplinger’s, Princeton Review and Money magazine, among others. Ramapo College is also distinguished as a Career Development College of Distinction by, boasts the best campus housing in New Jersey on, and is designated a “Military Friendly College” in Victoria Media’s Guide to Military Friendly Schools.

Established in 1969, Ramapo College offers bachelor’s degrees in the arts, business, humanities, social sciences and the sciences, as well as in professional studies, which include business, education, nursing and social work. In addition, the College offers courses leading to teacher certification at the elementary and secondary levels, and offers graduate programs leading to master’s degrees in Accounting, Business Administration, Educational Technology, Educational Leadership, Nursing, Social Work and Special Education.


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