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Brookings Mountain West


Brookings Mountain West, in partnership with the UNLV Debate Team, was proud to host the inaugural UNLV - Brookings Institution event, “The Great Debate.” Representatives from the nationally ranked UNLV Debate Team engaged colleagues from the Brookings Institution in a battle of ideas and policy positions destined to be remembered as one of the great intellectual forums of the 21st century. Featured speakers participated in a modified format of intercollegiate debate rules that allowed teams and individual members the opportunity to craft their arguments and responses in an open and respectful exchange of information to persuade, inform, and entertain audience members. • The UNLV Debate team of Ember Smith/Jeffrey Horn adopted the affirmative position on this topic and presented arguments for why the U.S. should adopt single-payer national health insurance. • The Brookings Institution team of John Hudak/Richard Reeves adopted the negative position on this topic and presented arguments for why the U.S. should not adopt single-payer national health insurance. Through a series of brief statements and responses, team members attempted to demonstrate superior knowledge of the topic and ability to analyze and dissect their opponent’s statements. The 2019 contenders in “The Great Debate” are well qualified to represent their respective institutions with distinction, possessing demonstrated expertise in public speaking, policy research, and debate forums.


Debate; Healthcare; Policy; Economics


Economics | Public Affairs, Public Policy and Public Administration | Public Health

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This event was moderated by William E. Brown Jr., Director of Brookings Mountain West and Jacob Thompson, Director of the UNLV Debate Team. This event featured Jeffrey Horn, UNLV Debate student, Ember Smith, UNLV Debate Student, and Richard V. Reeves, Senior Fellow in Economic Studies at the Brookings Institution, and John Hudak, Senior Fellow in Governance Studies at the Brookings Institution. This event was held at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas in the Greenspun Hall Auditorium on Thursday, March 7, 2019.