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Whenever you go to your local public library, send mail via the post office, or visit Yosemite, you are taking advantage of a longstanding American tradition: the public option. Some of the most useful and beloved institutions in American life are public options, yet they are seldom celebrated as such. Author Ganesh Sitaraman joins us with perspective from his co-written book The Public Option: How to Expand Freedom, Increase Opportunity, and Promote Equality to challenge decades of received wisdom about the proper role of government and consider the vast improvements that could come from the expansion of public options. He explores the ways that public options hold the potential to transform American civic life, offering a wealth of solutions to seemingly intractable problems, from housing shortages to the escalating cost of healthcare. Join Sitaraman as he reveals smart new ways to meet pressing public needs—and highlights how public options could offer us all fairer choices and greater security.
Ganesh Sitaraman is Professor of Law and Director at the Program on Law and Government at Vanderbilt Law School. He served as Policy Director for Elizabeth Warren during her successful Senate campaign and as her Senior Counsel in the Senate.
Presented by Town Hall Seattle.