Health policy 101

The American Enterprise Institute, The Galen Institute and The Heritage Foundation have joined together to provide a monthly series of health policy events for congressional staffers that will break down specific health policies and issues into a digestible format. Guests will leave the events with a clearer understanding of viable options on reform and how to move beyond the conflicts we face today.

Obamacare and the missing jobs

Monday, July 8, 2013, 12:30 p.m.

Speakers
Diana Furchtgott-Roth
     Senior Fellow, Manhattan Institute
Douglas Holtz-Eakin
     President, American Action Forum

Hosted by Joseph Antos, Nina Owcharenko, and Grace Marie Turner

Two announcements last week have put the Obamacare employer mandate in the spotlight:  1) The June jobs report showing that part-time jobs creation soared to an all-time-high level of 360,000 while full-time jobs creation was down by 240,000; and 2) the Obama administration’s announcement of a one-year delay in the implementation and reporting requirements of the employer mandate.

An earlier Gallup poll had found that 41% of small businesses surveyed had frozen hiring because of the health law. One in five said they already have reduced the number of employees in their business “as a specific result of the Affordable Care Act." Large employers are also carefully navigating the complexities and on-going uncertainties of Obamacare.



Please join us to hear two top experts on Obamacare and the economy discuss the impact of these announcements and the policy prognosis for the coming months. We will meet in Room HC-8 and we will provide lunch.

RSVP to Matt Buckham at matthew.buckham@heritage.org

Past events in the series include:

    Obamacare and the IRS: What you need to know
    What the Affordable Care Act Means for Congress and Staff
    Budget Insights: Is entitlement reform now possible?
    Should states expand Medicaid?
    What to do when Obamacare fails
    Hot topics on the campaign trail
    Setting the record straight on Medicare
    The court has spoken: How will the private sector and states respond?
    Uncovering PPACA's Hidden Taxes
    Who gets to decide: Government or your doctor?
    'Obamacare' and The Supreme Court
    How 'Obamacare' tramples on religious liberty
    How to fix the doc fix
    Is private health insurance really private anymore?
    Who's on first, what's on second: Understanding the federal-state Medicaid partnership
    The A, B, Cs of Medicare

Obamacare and the IRS: What you need to know

Monday, June 3, 2013, 12:30 p.m.

Speakers
Chris Jacobs
     Senior Health Care Policy Analyst, The Heritage Foundation
Ryan Ellis
     Director of Tax Policy, Americans for Tax Reform

Hosted by Grace Marie Turner, President, The Galen Institute

The ACA transfers an astonishing amount of power to the IRS to implement the health law. Last year, the General Accountability Office released a report outlining the 47 major powers the IRS has to implement the new health care law, including:

  • Collecting taxes
  • Distributing subsidies
  • Collecting information
  • Enforcing compliance

Our experts will discuss these IRS powers and the impact it will have on everyday Americans. Please join us on Monday, June 3, at 12:30 p.m.

RSVP to Mary Kate Cavazos at marykatherine.cavazos@heritage.org

What the Affordable Care Act Means for Congress and Staff


Monday, May 6, 2013, 12:30 p.m.

Speakers
Dr. Robert Moffit
     Senior Fellow, Center for Health Policy Studies
Walt Francis (invited)
     Health Care Economist

Under Section 1312 of the Affordable Care Act, Members of Congress and personal staff must be enrolled in the health insurance exchanges on January 1, 2014. What will this mean for choice of health plans, premiums, and out of pocket costs? What will this mean for Congressional staff coverage? How will these changes affect employment on Capitol Hill? What are the broader policy implications for the health care debate? These and other questions will be addressed at our special seminar. Please join us on Monday, May 6th, at 12:30pm for a briefing in HC-8 in the Capitol. Lunch will be provided.

RSVP to Mary Kate Cavazos at marykatherine.cavazos@heritage.org

Budget Insights: Is entitlement reform now possible?


Monday, April, 15, 2013, 12:30 p.m.

Speakers
James C. Capretta
     Senior Fellow, Ethics and Public Policy Center
Joseph R. Antos
     Wilson H. Taylor Scholar in Health Care and Retirement Policy, American Enterprise Institute

It is two months late, but is the president's budget dead on arrival? We will discuss how the administration's new budget proposal positions the White House on entitlement reform. Please join us on Monday, April 15th, at 12:30 p.m. for a briefing in Room HC-8 of the Capitol. Lunch will be provided.

RSVP to Mary Kate Cavazos at marykatherine.cavazos@heritage.org


Should states expand Medicaid?

Monday, March, 11, 2013, 12:30 p.m.

Speakers
Joseph Antos
     Wilson H. Taylor Scholar in Health Care and Retirement Policy, American Enterprise Institute
Grace-Marie Turner
     President, Galen Institute

Several governors who originally had opposed the Affordable Care Act are being lured by full federal funding for the first few years into saying they want to expand Medicaid to families earning up to $30,000 a year. This would bring millions more people into a program that has a long history of serious problems and will make access problems even worse for those enrolled in the program today.  Further, states will face major costs once the federal matching money starts to decline, and hospitals will not see the help to their bottom line they are hoping for.  Joe Antos and Grace-Marie Turner will describe the financial and political risks of expanding Medicaid and better alternatives that will promote competition, consumer choice, and better access to care.


What to do when Obamacare fails

Monday, February, 4, 2013, 12:30 p.m.

Speakers
Tom Miller
      Resident Fellow, American Enterprise Institute
James C. Capretta
     Senior Fellow, Ethics and Public Policy Center
Nina Owcharenko
      Director, Center for Health Policy Studies, The Heritage Foundation

“The Affordable Care Act is too misguided to succeed, too dangerous to maintain, and far too flawed to fix piecemeal,” AEI scholar Tom Miller writes in his new monograph, When ObamaCare Fails. Please join us for an update on what’s coming as the health overhaul law steams toward implementation. And learn the key steps to get us on the path to market-based reform that will engage competition and consumer choice to create 21st century health reform.


Hot topics on the campaign trail

Wednesday, October, 10, 2012, 12:30 p.m.

Speakers
Grace-Marie Turner
      President, Galen Institute
Nina Owcharenko
     Director, Center for Health Policy Studies, The Heritage Foundation

Health care policy is being actively debated in the presidential race and in campaigns across the country. We'll help sort out fact from accusation and give you a chance to get answers to the questions you are getting from constituents.


Setting the record straight on Medicare

Monday, September 10, 2012, 12:30 p.m.

Speakers
Robert Moffit, PhD
      Senior Fellow, Center for Policy Innovation, The Heritage Foundation
Joseph Antos
     Wilson H. Taylor Scholar in Health Care and Retirement Policy, American Enterprise Institute
Grace-Marie Turner
     President, Galen Institute

Medicare “as we know it” is no longer an option. The program is in desperate need of structural reform due to fundamental flaws that have produced a subpar insurance program for seniors and unsustainable costs for the federal government. It offers retirees an outdated and fragmented benefits package while driving up the federal deficit. Medicare is currently facing a long-term unfunded obligation of $38.6 trillion and the Part A trust fund is projected to be empty by 2024. These problems will only intensify as the Baby Boomer generation continually adds 10,000 new beneficiaries to Medicare each day from 2011 to 2030, almost doubling enrollment from 48 million to 81 million.


The court has spoken: How will the private sector and states respond?

Monday, July 9, 2012, 12:30 p.m.

Speakers
Douglas Holtz-Eakin
      President, American Action Forum
Nina Owcharenko
     Director, Center for Health Policy Studies and Preston A. Wells, Jr. Fellow, The Heritage Foundation

The Galen Institute, The Heritage Foundation and the American Enterprise Institute invite you to join us for our monthly health policy briefing to examine the Supreme Court's decision on the health overhaul law and options for the industry in the wake of the decision. Our briefing will explore options for the states, employers, and the health sector. Doug Holtz-Eakin, president of the American Action Forum and former director of the Congressional Budget Office, will explain the consequences of the court's decision and implications for both the short and longer terms. Nina Owcharenko, director of the Center for Health Policy Studies at The Heritage Foundation and an expert on Medicaid, will talk about the impact on the states of the court's decision making Medicaid expansion optional. 


Uncovering PPACA's hidden taxes

Monday, June 11, 2012

Speakers
Alex Brill
      Research Fellow, American Enterprise Institute
Steve Entin
         President and Executive Director, Institute for Research on the Economics of Taxation

The health overhaul law contains more than $500 billion in new and higher taxes and fees, costs that will be passed along to consumers in the form of higher health care and health insurance costs. The taxes on medical device makers already are costing jobs and cutting investments in research and development. Other taxes will have equally harmful effects. On January 1, the Medicare payroll tax will increase and a new tax will be levied on income from savings and investment. Once established, ObamaCare taxes will be very difficult to repeal and will hit more and more middle-income Americans.

Resources:

Another Obama tax hike by Alex Brill and Douglas Holtz-Eakin

Taxing the sick: How "fees" in health care reform hurt patients by Alex Brill

Tax Hikes in PPACA and the Associated Reconciliation Act by Steve Entin

 


Who gets to decide: Government or your doctor?
A briefing on comparative effectiveness research and the health law’s reach into medical decisions

May 14, 2012

Speakers
Robert Goldberg, Ph.D.
       Co-Founder and Vice President, Center for Medicine in the Public Interest
Kathryn Nix
       Policy Analyst, Center for Health Policy Studies, The Heritage Foundation

Resources
Comparative Effectiveness Research Under Obamacare: A Slippery Slope to Health Care Rationing by Kathryn Nix

Fewer Drugs, Shorter Lives, Less Prosperity: The Impact of Comparative Effectiveness Research on Health and Wealth
by John Vernon, PhD, Robert Goldber, PhD, Peter J. Pitts, and Joseph H. Golec, PhD

 


'Obamacare' and The Supreme Court

March 12, 2012

Speakers
Thomas P. Miller, Esq.
       Resident Fellow, American Enterprise Institute
Robert Alt
       Director, Rule of Law Programs and Senior Legal Fellow, The Heritage Foundation

Resources
Obamacare: up for grabs at Supreme Court by Thomas P. Miller, Esq.

The Obamacare Challenge: The Questions Before the Supreme Court and Their Portents for Congress
by Robert Alt and Edmund Haislmaier

 


How 'Obamacare' tramples on religious liberty

February 14, 2012

Speakers
Kristina Arriaga
       Executive Director, The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty
Charles A. Donovan
       President, Charlotte Lozier Institute

Moderator: Jennifer Marshall
       Director, Domestic Policy Studies, The Heritage Foundation

Resources
Obamacare, Religious Liberty, and Civil Society: What the Debate Is Really About by Ryan Messmore, D.Phil.

 


How to fix the doc fix

December 12, 2011

Speakers
Joseph Antos, Ph.D.
      Wilson H. Taylor Scholar in Heath Care and Retirement Policy, American Enterprise Institute
Robert Moffit, Ph.D.
      Senior Fellow, Center for Policy Innovation, The Heritage Foundation

Resources
Medicare's failed physician payment policy by Joseph Antos, Ph.D.

 


Is private health insurance really private anymore?

November 14, 2011

Speaker
Thomas P. Miller, Esq.
      Resident Fellow, American Enterprise Institute

Resources
Tom Miller’s presentation on “Saving Private Health Insurance”

 


Who's on first, what's on second: Understanding the federal-state Medicaid partnership

October 11, 2011

Speakers
James C. Capretta
        Fellow, Ethics and Public Policy Center
Nina Owcharenko
         Director, Center for Health Policy Studies, The Heritage Foundation

Moderator: Danielle Doane
         Director, Government Studies, The Heritage Foundation

Resources

James Capretta's presentation on understanding the federal-state Medicaid partnership

Nina Owcharenko’s presentation on Medicaid

Medicaid Reform: More than a Block Grant Is Needed by Nina Owcharenko

 


The A, B, Cs of Medicare

September 12, 2011

Speakers
Joseph Antos, Ph.D.
      Wilson H. Taylor Scholar in Heath Care and Retirement Policy, American Enterprise Institute
Grace-Marie Turner
      President, Galen Institute
Moderator: Nina Owcharenko
      Director, Center for Health Policy Studies, The Heritage Foundation

Resources
Joe Antos’ presentation on “The A, B, Cs of Medicare”

Grace-Marie Turner’s presentation on “The A-B-C (and D) of Medicare”

2011 Cost Sharing for Medicare Beneficiaries by Joseph Antos, Ph.D.

A Mistaken Prognosis for Medicare by Joseph Antos, Ph.D.

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About the Author

 

Joseph
Antos
  • Joseph Antos is the Wilson H. Taylor Scholar in Health Care and Retirement Policy at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), where his research focuses on the economics of health policy — including the Affordable Care Act, Medicare, the uninsured, and the overall reform of the health care system and its financing. He also studies the impact of health care expenditures on federal budget policy.

    Before joining AEI, Antos was assistant director for health and human resources at the Congressional Budget Office (CBO). He has also held senior positions in the US Department of Health and Human Services, the Office of Management and Budget, and the President’s Council of Economic Advisers. He recently completed a seven-year term as health adviser to CBO, and two terms as a commissioner of the Maryland Health Services Cost Review Commission. In 2013, he was also named adjunct associate professor of emergency medicine at George Washington University.

    Antos has a Ph.D. and an M.A. in economics from the University of Rochester and a B.A. in mathematics from Cornell University.



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  • Phone: 202-862-5938
    Email: jantos@aei.org
  • Assistant Info

    Name: Neil McCray
    Phone: 2028625826
    Email: Neil.McCray@aei.org

 

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

 

Alex
Brill
  • Alex Brill is a research fellow at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), where he studies the impact of tax policy on the US economy as well as the fiscal, economic, and political consequences of tax, budget, health care, retirement security, and trade policies. He also works on health care reform, pharmaceutical spending and drug innovation, and unemployment insurance reform. Brill is the author of a pro-growth proposal to reduce the corporate tax rate to 25 percent, and “The Real Tax Burden: More than Dollars and Cents” (2011), coauthored with Alan D. Viard. He has testified numerous times before Congress on tax policy, labor markets and unemployment insurance, Social Security reform, fiscal stimulus, the manufacturing sector, and biologic drug competition.

    Before joining AEI, Brill served as the policy director and chief economist of the House Ways and Means Committee. Previously, he served on the staff of the White House Council of Economic Advisers. He has also served on the staff of the President's Fiscal Commission (Simpson-Bowles) and the Republican Platform Committee (2008).

    Brill has an M.A. in mathematical finance from Boston University and a B.A. in economics from Tufts University.

  • Phone: 202-862-5931
    Email: alex.brill@aei.org
  • Assistant Info

    Name: Brittany Pineros
    Phone: 202-862-5926
    Email: brittany.pineros@aei.org

 

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

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