AEI Event: Improving health and health care: An agenda for reform (December 9)

December 3, 2015

Wednesday, December 9, 2015 | 8:45 – 11:15 AM
Breakfast will be served.

AEI, Twelfth Floor | 1150 Seventeenth Street, NW | Washington, DC 20036

American health care policy debates have long been divided between those who support greater governmental regulation and those who favor more reliance on market incentives and consumer choice. Passage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in 2010 did not end the debate, but it did increase pressure on those who are unsatisfied with the steady march toward more federal control. What is the alternative?Ten health policy experts have come together to provide an answer to that question. Their plan, “Improving Health and Health Care: An Agenda for Reform,” will be released and summarized at this public event, with commentary from some of the plan’s coauthors and respected national experts.

PARTICIPANTS Joseph Antos, AEI; James C. Capretta, AEI; Lanhee Chen, Stanford University; Scott Gottlieb, AEI; Chris Jennings, Jennings Policy Strategies; Thomas P. Miller, AEI; Tom Price, Chairman of the House Budget Committee; Robert Reischauer, Urban Institute; Gail Wilensky, Project HOPE.

Source: You are invited: Improving health and health care: An agenda for reform (December 9)

Why ObamaCare Won’t Be Preserved | commentary

November 6, 2015

Unlike Social Security or Medicare, which produced few if any losers and a vast population of winners, the ranks of ObamaCare losers are growing with every price increase and mandate imposed. Which means that no matter who is elected in 2016, Americans are likely to want the next Congress to overhaul this mess rather than merely preserve a law that is doing at least as much harm as good.

Source: Why ObamaCare Won’t Be Preserved | commentary

Fix the Filibuster | The Weekly Standard

November 5, 2015

We believe it is time to reform the filibuster once again. Specifically, it should be eliminated for all appropriations bills and for all judicial nominations, though retained for other legislation. We would also abolish the filibuster for any vote on the repeal of a federal law. These changes would not revolutionize our system of government, but would help restore Congress to the role it is supposed to have in the Founders’ design. To see why, we must recur to the first principles of our Constitution.

Source: Fix the Filibuster | The Weekly Standard

H.R. 3762, Restoring Americans’ Healthcare Freedom Reconciliation Act | Congressional Budget Office

November 4, 2015

As passed by the House and following enactment of the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015

Source: H.R. 3762, Restoring Americans’ Healthcare Freedom Reconciliation Act | Congressional Budget Office

Obamacare Failures | National Review Online

November 4, 2015

Less than a third of Americans support the individual mandate, three-fourths oppose Obamacare’s tax on high-end health-care programs, and more voters oppose the law categorically than support it. A quarter of voters say the law has hurt them personally. The question isn’t why Republicans haven’t gotten around to repealing and replacing it — the answer to that question resides at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue for a while, still — the question is when Democrats will get around to admitting that, purity of their hearts notwithstanding, they and they alone — not one Republican voted for Obamacare — have created a mess that has introduced nothing to American health care except chaos.

Source: Obamacare Failures | National Review Online

Douglas Holtz-Eakin on 3rd ACA Open Enrollment | RealClearHealth

November 3, 2015

Douglas Holtz-Eakin is the president of the American Action Forum and a former director of the Congressional Budget Office. He also served on President George W. Bush’s Council of Economic Advisers. With the Affordable Care Act’s insurance marketplaces beginning their third open enrollment this week, RealClearHealth talked to Holtz-Eakin about what’s working, what’s not working, what can be done today to address problems with the law, and what should be on the agenda of a new administration in 2017.

Source: Douglas Holtz-Eakin on 3rd ACA Open Enrollment | RealClearHealth

ObamaCare’s death spiral, stage one: Denial | New York Post

November 3, 2015

For the press, the debate over ObamaCare is over. There may be a few proverbial Japanese soldiers wandering on isolated islands yammering on about the failure of ObamaCare, but word will eventually filter down to them, too.

This assumption is so deeply embedded that it is impervious to new evidence that ObamaCare is an unwieldy contraption that is sputtering badly. Yes, ObamaCare has covered more people and has especially benefited those with pre-existing conditions (to be credible, Republican replacement plans have to do these things, as well), but the program is so poorly designed that, surely, even a new Democratic president will want to revisit it to try to make it more workable.

Source: ObamaCare’s death spiral, stage one: Denial | New York Post


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