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Proposition: Athena Matin-aw (University of San Jose-Recoletos) vs. Opposition: Connor Harris (Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology l)

Judge: Dan Weiser (Woodstock Day School)

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  • Athena Matin-aw
    Athena Matin-aw

    Connor Harris
    Connor Harris
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    Posted at May 11, 2020 04:27:38AM EST by Athena Matin-aw



    Rwanda 20 years on: investing in life - The Lancet

    Posted at May 12, 2020 04:01:32PM EST by Connor Harris



    Where drugs come from by country:

    Canadians continue to leave country for health care:

    How Medicare for all harms working Americans:

    Smoking rates by country:

    Obesity rates by country:

    Americans are still pretty happy with their private health insurance:

    Universal health care pros and cons:

    Posted at May 13, 2020 06:07:33AM EST by Athena Matin-aw



    these are listed chronologically as to when they're mentioned in the video

    University of California - Los Angeles. (2013, July 19). A constitutional right to health care: Many countries have it, but not the U.S.. ScienceDaily. Retrieved May 12, 2020 from

    The Social Contract Revisited
    Plucking the Goose: The Role of Taxation in the Modern Social Contract. In affiliation with Oxford.

    Rwanda quotation. Universal Health Care: The Affordable Dream

    Health Insurance Coverage in the United States: 2018

    World Bank and WHO: Half the world lacks access to essential health services, 100 million still pushed into extreme poverty because of health expenses

    The Truth on Wait Times in Universal Coverage Systems by Thomas Waldrop

    Mirror, Mirror 2017:
    International Comparison Reflects Flaws and Opportunities for Better U.S. Health Care

    Differences Between Universal Coverage and Single-Payer

    Universal Health Coverage: Moving Towards Better Health Action Framework for the Western Pacific Region

    Posted at May 14, 2020 04:22:44PM EST by Connor Harris



    No new citations since last video

    Posted at May 15, 2020 01:12:37AM EST by Athena Matin-aw



    I just wanted to say thank you to the judge for listening and to my opponent for an excellent round. Thank you!


    This match has been completed. Show the Decision.

    Submitted at May 17, 2020 09:12:45AM EST by Dan Weiser

    Category Athena Matin-aw Connor Harris
    Use of evidence: 6 2.5
    Delivery skill: 5.5 2.5
    Coherence of arguments: 5.6 3.5
    Responsiveness to opponent: 6 4
    Identification of key points: 5.5 3
    Comments: Well done. You nailed it. Your ability to zero in on the impacts and weight them against connors case was spot on. Great job on this debate. While you brought up a lot of good points in your final speech i think its important to do some comparative analysis. Why are people going to be so worse off? Your final speech asserts it but does not explain it.

    The decision is for the Proposition: Athena Matin-aw

    Reason for Decision:

    Connors final speech makes a variety of claims about how the majority would be far worse off but at no point rally contextualizes those claims with why they would be worse off. Athena takes the liberty in her speech to go through a detailed analysis of the trade off and define "how" they would be worse off and i agree, doing the plan is better than the harms listed bv the opposition. Well done!

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