Responsible Health Reform: Competition, Innovation, and Individual Control
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About This Event

Americans spend over $2 trillion annually on health care, and health costs are growing at unsustainable rates. Millions of Americans are uninsured. Those with insurance are concerned that they are not getting enough value for their health care dollars. These problems are driving the rising chorus of demands for major health system reform. Can Congress take action to resolve these issues without creating new bureaucracies and imposing new restrictions that interfere with medical progress? Can reform ensure access to affordable, quality health care that protects the doctor-patient relationship?

At this event, Senators Richard Burr (R-N.C.) and Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) will offer a market-based reform proposal that relies on stronger competition in the health system, tax reforms, individual responsibility and ownership, and more active consumer involvement in medical decisions. Joseph Antos and Thomas P. Miller of AEI will offer their assessments of the key features of the Burr-Coburn proposal.

Please note this event is taking place at 325 Russell Senate Office Building.

8:50 a.m.
Registration and Breakfast
U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-N.C.)
U.S. Senator Tom Coburn, M.D. (R-Okla.)
Joseph Antos, AEI
Thomas P. Miller, AEI
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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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  • Phone: 202-862-5938
  • Assistant Info

    Name: Neil McCray
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Thomas P.
  • 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
  • Assistant Info

    Name: Neil McCray
    Phone: 202-862-5826
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