With the exception of disputed pro-football coin tosses and extreme debate clubs, the stage remains the only venue where arguments are regularly settled with a sword fight. Behold a dramatic settling of differences with this GrouponLive deal to Intelligence Squared Debates’ "Ration End-of-Life Care: A Debate at Chicago Ideas Week" on Wednesday, October 10, at the Goodman Theatre’s Albert Theatre. For $15, you get an event package (up to a $31.60 total value) that includes:
- Pre-debate reception with the four panelists from 5:30 p.m. to 6:15 p.m.
- General admission to the debate, held from 6:30 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. (up to a $17.60 value, including all fees)
- Two premium drinks––traditionally wine or beer (up to a $7 value each)
Modern medicine has the power to extend life, but does it have the obligation? Given that 25% of Medicare's $590 billion in tax money goes toward patients in their last year of life, how much should one more month of life be worth? When is a life worth saving, and who should make that decision? Positioned between the presidential and vice-presidential debates, "Ration End-of-Life Care: A Debate at Chicago Ideas Week" addresses these and other ethical dilemmas of national import during an interactive, Oxford-style throwdown that examines the value and necessity of extending end-of-life healthcare.
The two panelists arguing against the rationing of end-of-life care are Sally Pipes—bestselling author of The Truth About Obamacare—and Ken Connor, the lawyer who served as council to Governor Jeb Bush in the infamous Terri Schiavo healthcare case. Arguing in favor are RAND Corporation policy-analysis chair Arthur Kellerman and Princeton professor of bioethics Peter Singer, author of the seminal ethics text Animal Liberation. Moderator and ABC News correspondent John Donvan will prompt audience members to participate during a mid-debate Q&A. Audience members will also determine the evening's winner with a final vote of for, against, or undecided.
Intelligence Squared Debates
Ranked one of Five Podcasts that Will Change the Way You Think by Forbes Magazine, Intelligence Squared Debates has opened the floor on timely, politically-charged issues during more than 60 interactive Oxford-style debates—typically broadcast live from New York on more than 220 NPR stations, on PBS, and on Wall Street Journal's WSJLIve. In past debates, Arianna Huffington and P.J. O'Rourke have dueled over whether the two-party political system makes it impossible to govern. Malcolm Gladwell has advocated banning college football amid rebuttals from sports broadcaster Tim Green.
Whether the topic is Palestine's UN admission as a full member state, the pros and cons of religion, or the Internet's effect on our ability to stay open-minded, audience members get to question luminaries who have included Paul Krugman, Alan Dershowitz, and Karl Rove and throw tomatoes at them when they're deemed out of order. Each attendee is also afforded the final vote––for, against, or undecided––to crown the debate's winner.