With the one year anniversary of the passage and signing of the Affordable Care Act or “Obamacare” next week, there will be many op-eds and articles trying to capture how things have changed over the last 12 months.
Pioneer Institute decided the best way to do a “check-up” was to put two of the nation’s preeminent minds on health policy: Dr. Douglas Holtz-Eakin, former adviser to McCain for President, and Dr. Jonathan Gruber, former adviser to President Obama– in one room for a debate. The event naturally built on last year’s Hewitt Lecture delivered by the Dean of Harvard Medical School, Dr. Jeffrey Flier, in which he gave his pessimistic assessment of the newly passed law days after it passed the House.
The Holtz-Eakin and Gruber debate focused on the budgetary impact of federal health reform. The speakers touched on the Cadillac tax, economic growth, politics of the bill, an increase in government spending, federal waivers, cost containment, and payment reform among others. It may surprise you what each of them agreed or refused to give ground on, so check it out.
If you are pressed for time watch debate highlights:
A full length version of the debate can be found here:
The 2010 Hewitt Lecture by Harvard Medical School Dean Jeffrey Flier can be found here.