Democratic candidates’ health care plans to be examined at Rice’s Baker Institute


Jeff Falk

Democratic candidates’ health care plans to be examined at Rice’s Baker Institute

HOUSTON – (May 30, 2019) – All of the more than 20 candidates seeking the Democratic nomination for president in 2020 support providing health care coverage to more Americans, but they differ on their approaches.

Health economist Vivian Ho, the director of the Center for Health and Biosciences at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, will speak June 7 on how the government’s role in health care could be expanded under a Democratic president and discuss the potential costs for consumers, businesses and taxpayers.

The cost of attendance is $55 for the public, and registration is at

Who: Vivian Ho, the James A. Baker III Institute Chair in Health Economics and director of the institute’s Center for Health and Biosciences. Ho is also a professor of economics at Rice and a professor of medicine at Baylor College of Medicine.

What: A presentation titled “Looking for 20/20 Vision on Health Care Among 2020 Democrats.”

When: Friday, June 7, noon-1:30 p.m. Lunch will be served.

Where: Rice University, James A. Baker III Hall, Doré Commons, 6100 Main St.

Members of the news media who want to attend should RSVP to Jeff Falk, associate director of national media relations at Rice, at or 713-348-6775.

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Founded in 1993, Rice University’s Baker Institute ranks among the top three university-affiliated think tanks in the world. As a premier nonpartisan think tank, the institute conducts research on domestic and foreign policy issues with the goal of bridging the gap between the theory and practice of public policy. The institute’s strong track record of achievement reflects the work of its endowed fellows, Rice University faculty scholars and staff, coupled with its outreach to the Rice student body through fellow-taught classes — including a public policy course — and student leadership and internship programs. Learn more about the institute at or on the institute’s blog,

About Jeff Falk

Jeff Falk is director of national media relations in Rice University's Office of Public Affairs.