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Health Care Reform: Beyond The Affordable Care Act (Gail Wilensky Plays For Team Republican Edition)

 November 11, 2011 09:10 AM


UC Berkeley Events: The Affordable Care Act:

Health Care Reform 1.0
Lecture
Thursday, November 10, 2011
4:00 pm
159 Mulford Hall

Speaker: Dr. Gail Wilensky

In this Regents Lecture, Dr. Gail Wilensky will discuss what lies ahead for the nation's health care.

Dr. Wilensky serves as the John M. Olin Senior Fellow at Project HOPE, where she analyzes and develops policies relating to health reform and ongoing changes in the medical marketplace. She testifies frequently before Congressional committees, acts as an adviser to members of Congress and other elected officials, and speaks nationally and internationally before professional, business and consumer groups.

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She is an elected member of the Institute of Medicine, and serves as a trustee of the Combined Benefits Fund of the United Mineworkers of America and the Research Triangle Institute. She is an adviser to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Commonwealth Fund, and is a director on several corporate boards.

At this lecture I learned, among other things:

  1. The Medicare Modernization Act of 2003 passed by the Republicans that gave us Medicare Part D is a good bill--for which the Republicans should receive good-governance credit points--because even though it was not paid for at all it expanded coverage.

  2. The Affordable Care Act of 2010 passed by the Democrats is not a good bill--and the Democrats deserve no good-governance credit points--because even though it is paid for and even though it expands coverage those parts of it--the Cadillac Plan Tax and the IPAB--that do bend the cost curve in a favorable direction are not big enough, and are probably going to be repealed anyway.

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