Thursday was an exciting night for the Philodemic Society. Friends new and old gathered in Riggs Library to debate “Resolved: The United States Should Establish a National Health Care System.” After an elegant introduction by President Randy Drew, Madeline Bailey began the night with a well-researched keynote on the affirmation. Noting that the United States carries a heavier cost burden for health care than comparable countries, Miss Bailey firmly asserted that we cannot continue to defend a failed system. On the negation, Treasurer Brian Harbour championed the privatized system brilliantly. He emphasized the need for a competitive insurance market, free of regulation, and also cited the benefits of tort reform. Floor speeches by members and non-members were quite entertaining, setting a wonderful precedent for the rest of the year. After a fierce debate, the resolution was negated. Our night concluded with great conversations and fabulous food at Martin’s Tavern, a truly good time had by all.