Health Care Reform: Must Reads from AEI Experts

As the Supreme Court continues to hear arguments on the constitutionality of President Obama's health reform law (commonly known as 'Obamacare'), I wanted to be sure you saw the following new pieces from the American Enterprise Institute's (AEI) health experts.

  • AFTER OBAMACARE?: In a just-published piece in National Affairs, AEI visiting scholar and health expert James Capretta sets out the 7 principles for an effective, market-based solution to America's health care problems. His proposal would address the systems current flaws, without relying on centralized federal power. Capretta is available for interviews and can be reached through jesse.blumenthal@aei.org.
  • LEGAL EXPERTISE: AEI resident fellow Thomas (Tom) P. Miller, a lawyer and health economist, has been writing extensively on the current case. His recent pieces on the AEI blog can be found here and all of his work can be found here. Miller is available for interviews and can be reacjed at tmiller@aei.org.
  • SLIPPERY SLOPE?: In a new post, AEI expert and Duke University professor Christopher Conover examines Justice Scalia's line of questioning: if lack of exercise, like failing to cover the uninsured, raises health costs for all, could the government mandate exercise? Conover does the math. The failure to purchase health insurance raises rates for the insured by at most 20 cents per day (and more accurately 6 cents per day), far less than the almost 50 cents per day cost of failing to exercise. Conover is the author of American Health Economy Illustrated (AEI Press, 2012), an essential compendium of health information and is available for interviews at chris.conover@duke.edu.
  • PERILS OF WAITING: In a new op-ed, AEI resident fellow J.D. Kleinke, an expert on the business of health care, describes how the health care industry and state governments are watching and waiting for the Court’s decision--and in doing so, harming the health system. Businesses are consolidating and shifting capital away from innovation to prepare to implement the health reform law's mandates. State governments have delayed creating the exchanges necessary to implement the new law because of the uncertainty surrounding the case, and so have enabled the Federal government to take on that task and gain more power. Kleinke is available for interviews and can be reached at jd.kleinke@aei.org.


These pieces are just a sample of the rigorous, timely work being done by AEI health experts. All of AEI's work on health care reform can be found here.

For help reaching any AEI scholars and for all other media requests, please contact Jesse Blumenthal at jesse.blumenthal@aei.org or 202.862.4870.

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About the Author

 

Thomas P.
Miller
  • Thomas Miller is a former senior health economist for the Joint Economic Committee (JEC). He studies health care policy and regulation. A former trial attorney, journalist, and sports broadcaster, Mr. Miller is the co-author of Why ObamaCare Is Wrong For America (HarperCollins 2011) and heads AEI's "Beyond Repeal & Replace" health reform project. He has testified before Congress on issues including the uninsured, health care costs, Medicare prescription drug benefits, health insurance tax credits, genetic information, Social Security, and federal reinsurance of catastrophic events. While at the JEC, he organized a number of hearings that focused on reforms in private health care markets, such as information transparency and consumer-driven health care.
  • Phone: 202-862-5886
    Email: tmiller@aei.org
  • Assistant Info

    Name: Neil McCray
    Phone: 202-862-5826
    Email: Neil.McCray@aei.org

 

Christopher J.
Conover

  • Christopher J. Conover is a Research Scholar in the Center for Health Policy & Inequalities Research at Duke University, an adjunct scholar at AEI, and a Mercatus-affiliated senior scholar. He has taught in the Terry Sanford Institute of Public Policy, the Duke School of Medicine and the Fuqua School of Business at Duke. His research interests are in the area of health regulation and state health policy, with a focus on issues related to health care for the medically indigent (including the uninsured), and estimating the magnitude of the social burden of illness. He is the recent author of The American Health Economy Illustrated and is a Forbes contributor at The Health Policy Skeptic.


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  • Phone: (919)428.4676
    Email: chris.conover@duke.edu

 

James C.
Capretta
  • James Capretta has spent more than two decades studying American health care policy. As an associate director at the White House's Office of Management and Budget from 2001 to 2004, he was responsible for all health care, Social Security and welfare issues. Earlier, he served as a senior health policy analyst at the U.S. Senate Budget Committee and at the U.S. House Committee on Ways and Means. Capretta is also concurrently a Senior Fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center. At AEI, he will be researching how to replace the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (best known as Obamacare) with a less expensive reform plan to provide effective and secure health insurance for working-age Americans and their families.

  • Email: James.Capretta@aei.org
  • Assistant Info

    Name: Neil McCray
    Phone: 202-862-5826
    Email: Neil.McCray@aei.org

 

J.D.
Kleinke
  • J. D. Kleinke, an expert on health care business strategy and entrepreneurship, was instrumental in the creation of four health care information organizations. He has also advised established and start-up companies on health care business, product and technology strategy. Mr. Kleinke writes on the business of health care, health insurance and benefits as well as about doctors and the culture of medicine. His books include Bleeding Edge: The Business of Health Care in the New Century (Jones & Bartlett Learning, 1998), Oxymorons: The Myth of a U.S. Health Care System (Jossey-Bass, 2001), and Catching Babies (Fourth Chapter Books, 2011). At AEI, he is studying the interplay between health policy, health care market dynamics and health venture formation; the influence of information technology and medical technology on the overall health economy; and the impact of medical culture on health care organizations, markets and public health.

  • Phone: 202 862 5846
    Email: jd.kleinke@aei.org
  • Assistant Info

    Name: Catherine Griffin
    Phone: 202 862 5920
    Email: catherine.griffin@aei.org

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