David Howard Associate Professor of Health Policy and Management at Rollins School of Public Health

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Areas of Expertise

  • Health care policy
  • Public health


David Howard, PhD, is associate professor of health policy and management at Emory’s Rollins School of Public Health. He is a health economist by training, and his research employs economics and statistics to better understand physician decision-making and its implications for public policy. Howard’s current focus is on how negative results from clinical trials and “do less” recommendations in guidelines influence practice patterns.


Final Presidential Debate (Oct. 22, 2020)

If it was possible to discern a strategy from President Trump’s word salad answer on health reform, it is this: continue to criticize Obamacare but, in the absence of a credible replacement, don’t mess with it. It would be too difficult to undo at this point.

Biden gave a good response to the question about whether the public option would move the country closer to a government-run system, but it’s hard not to see how a public option would eventually undermine private insurers.

Vice Presidential Debate (Oct. 7, 2020)

Senator Harris pressed Vice President Pence on the Administration’s support for a lawsuit to overturn the Affordable Care Act. He didn’t have a good response, but I wonder if most voters are even aware of the suit and its ramifications.

Senator Harris mentioned that a Biden administration would create a public option to compete with private insurers and lower the age of eligibility for Medicare to 60. Unfortunately, neither the moderator nor VP Pence pressed her on how a Biden administration would fund these costly proposals and how they might disrupt and undermine the market for private insurance.

"Big Tuesday" Results (March 10, 2020)

Medicare for All was a dud with voters. Although many voters say improving health care was a priority, many seem to realize that Medicare for All is politically unpalatable and fiscally unrealistic. Incremental change is the path forward.

Fifth Democratic Debate (Nov. 21, 2019)

The moderate Democratic candidates pushed back a little more forcefully against Warren’s costly single-payer plans. Yet, while scaling back her own ambitions vis a vis single payer, Warren continued to make ambitious and unrealistic promises regarding free dental care and free long-term care.

There was little or no discussion of how to pay for the Medicare and Medicaid programs in their existing forms or changes to coverage or payment that could make them more affordable.

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