Roger Thayer Stone Center For Latin American Studies

Tulane University

Greenleaf Chair Carmelo Mesa-Lago Contributes Op-ed to El País and The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

September 21st, 2009

The Stone Center for Latin American Studies is honored to have Carmelo Mesa-Lago join their faculty this year as the Richard E. Greenleaf Distinguished Chair in Latin American Studies. Former President of the Latin American Studies Association and an Honorary Fellow of the International Institute of Labor Studies, Mesa-Lago is the author and editor of dozens of books and hundreds of academic journal articles, focusing his research primarily on Latin American economics and social security.

On September 16, 2009, Mesa-Lago contributed an editorial in the opinions section to the Spanish newspaper, El país, published in Madrid. The piece, entitled “Lecciones de Iberoamérica para EEUU” (subsequently published on October 28th in English as “Latin health-care lessons”), focuses on the debate over health care reform and the public option in the United States. Citing the example of Chilean reforms over the past two decades, along with those of several other Latin American countries, Mesa-Lago concludes that the lesson for the United States to learn is not to fear, but rather to support, the implementation of a public option in health care reform which, he argues, will extend coverage, reduce abuses, stand as competition to private insurers, and lower costs while increasing welfare and bettering the general health of the populace of the country.

To read the full, original article in Spanish, visit El País online.

To read Mesa-Lago’s English version published online, visit The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.