Are the Current Health Reform Bills Fair?

A major concern motivating health reform is the desire to make health insurance accessible and affordable to everyone regardless of their economic and personal circumstances. The Senate and House health bills promise to extend insurance coverage to about 30 million more people, almost achieving universal coverage for legal residents of the United States. But on closer inspection, the bills include complex rules about who is eligible for premium subsidies and where they are allowed to buy insurance. Employees in companies that provide coverage will be restricted largely to their company's plan and will not have access to the generous new subsidies and wider range of choices available in the health insurance "exchange" open to others. Does this seriously advantage some people over others who are in nearly identical economic circumstances?

A distinguished panel of experts will discuss how the pending legislation is likely to determine the cost and availability of health insurance to individuals depending on their income level, employment status, and other characteristics. Panelists include James Capretta, a former Senate and White House aide who is now a fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center, John Sheils, senior vice president at the Lewin Group well known for his analyses of health reform proposals, and Eugene Steuerle, institute fellow and Richard B. Fisher Chair at the Urban Institute and a former deputy assistant secretary of the Treasury for tax analysis. AEI's Joseph Antos will moderate and participate in the discussion.

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  • 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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