Reforming Medicare at Last
A Practical Guide for Reluctant Policymakers
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There have been repeated warnings from across the political spectrum--including, most recently, from the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform--that Medicare spending will bankrupt the country unless it is curbed. Nonetheless, the health reform legislation failed to make significant changes in Medicare. Worse yet, it created fake savings to "pay" for reform by tightening down Medicare price controls, even though Congress has a long history of delaying such cuts so they are never realized. With the first baby boomers now turning sixty-five, we are running out of time to save Medicare. It is widely acknowledged that Medicare must be reformed, but most proposals fail to offer practical steps to achieve that end. AEI's Joseph Antos and a panel of experts will discuss what it would take to overcome political and technical roadblocks to necessary action.
Agenda
9:00 a.m.
Registration and Breakfast

9:15
Presentation:
JOSEPH ANTOS, AEI

Panelists:
WALTON FRANCIS, Independent Author and Consultant
DEAN ROSEN, Mehlman Vogel Castagnetti Inc.
MURRAY ROSS, Kaiser Permanente Institute for Health Policy
EUGENE STEUERLE, Urban Institute
BILL THOMAS, AEI

Moderator:
ROBERT B. HELMS, AEI

Question and Answer

11:30
Adjournment
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Speaker biographies
Joseph Antos is the Wilson H. Taylor Scholar in Health Care and Retirement Policy at AEI. He is also a commissioner of the Maryland Health Services Cost Review Commission and a health adviser to the Congressional Budget Office. Before joining AEI, Mr. Antos was assistant director for health and human resources at the Congressional Budget Office. At AEI, Mr. Antos’s research focuses on the economics of health policy, including Medicare reform, health insurance regulation, and the uninsured. He has written and spoken extensively on the Medicare drug benefit and led a team of experienced, independent actuaries and cost estimators in a study to evaluate various proposals to extend health coverage to the uninsured. Mr. Antos is the coauthor of a recent AEI paper called A Better Prescription: AEI Scholars on Realistic Health Reform.

Walton J. Francis is a self-employed economist and policy analyst, expert in analysis and evaluation of public programs. He pioneered the systematic comparison of health insurance plans from a consumer perspective as primary author of CHECKBOOK’s Guide to Health Plans for Federal Employees. This annual online publication rates plans in the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program (FEHBP), which is often cited as a model for health reform. Mr. Francis is also the author of Putting Medicare Consumers in Charge: Lessons from the FEHBP (AEI Press, 2009). He has testified before Congress on Medicare, on the FEHBP, and on providing information for health care consumers. He has also worked for many years as both an employee and consultant to the Department of Health and Human Services on regulatory issues related to health care.
 
Dean Rosen has played a leading role in developing and advancing health policy for nearly twenty years in the nation’s capital. A partner at Mehlman Vogel Castagnetti Inc. (MVC), he provides policy counsel and strategic advice to policymakers, business leaders, trade association executives, and nonprofit organizations on a broad range of health issues. Before joining MVC, Mr. Rosen was the chief health care adviser to Senate Majority Leader William H. Frist, M.D. (R-TN). He served as staff director for the Senate Subcommittee on Public Health and later as the majority leader’s health policy director. Mr. Rosen also served as majority counsel for the House Ways and Means Health Subcommittee, where he was involved in developing the Medicare provisions of the Balanced Budget Act of 1997. Mr. Rosen has also been health policy coordinator and majority counsel to the Senate Committee on Labor and Human Resources. Through his posts on Capitol Hill, he helped shepherd through Congress many pieces of legislation, including the Medicare Prescription Drug Improvement and Modernization Act of 2003, the Project Bioshield Act of 2004, the Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Act of 2005, and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA). In the private sector, Mr. Rosen has been senior vice president of policy and general counsel for the Health Insurance Association of America and has practiced law at Dow, Lohnes and Albertson. He also holds several academic posts.
 
Murray Ross is a vice president of Kaiser Foundation Health Plan and leads the Kaiser Permanente Institute for Health Policy in Oakland, California. The institute seeks to leverage evidence and experience from the nation’s largest private integrated health care delivery system to shape policy and practice. Mr. Ross’s current work focuses on how the US health system can make more effective use of new drugs, devices, and medical procedures and how to encourage greater integration of care delivery to improve quality. Previously, he was a policy adviser to Congress as executive director of the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission and chief of the health cost estimates unit at the Congressional Budget Office.
Eugene Steuerle is an institute fellow and the Richard B. Fisher Chair at the Urban Institute. His research focuses primarily on budget and tax policy, health care, Social Security, the charitable sector, and other social issues. Earlier in his career, Mr. Steuerle served in various positions in the Department of the Treasury under four different presidents, including as deputy assistant secretary for tax analysis. He has also been president of the National Tax Association and was the chair of the 1999 Technical Panel advising the Social Security Administration on its methods and assumptions. Mr. Steuerle has served on several advisory panels or boards, including those of the Congressional Budget Office, the Government Accountability Office, and the Joint Committee on Taxation. He is the author, coauthor, or coeditor of fifteen books and nearly one thousand articles, briefs, and congressional testimonies.
 
Eugene Steuerle is an institute fellow and the Richard B. Fisher Chair at the Urban Institute. His research focuses primarily on budget and tax policy, health care, Social Security, the charitable sector, and other social issues. Earlier in his career, Mr. Steuerle served in various positions in the Department of the Treasury under four different presidents, including as deputy assistant secretary for tax analysis. He has also been president of the National Tax Association and was the chair of the 1999 Technical Panel advising the Social Security Administration on its methods and assumptions. Mr. Steuerle has served on several advisory panels or boards, including those of the Congressional Budget Office, the Government Accountability Office, and the Joint Committee on Taxation. He is the author, coauthor, or coeditor of fifteen books and nearly one thousand articles, briefs, and congressional testimonies.

Bill Thomas, former chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, is a visiting fellow at AEI. He served in the House of Representatives from 1978 to 2007, most recently representing California’s twenty-second congressional district, which covered most of Kern and San Luis Obispo Counties and part of Los Angeles County. In 1998, he was appointed administrative chairman of the National Bipartisan Commission on the Future of Medicare. Mr. Thomas was elected chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee in January 2001 and served until January 2007. During his chairmanship, he guided the enactment of $2 trillion in tax relief, including the Economic Growth and Tax Reconciliation Act of 2001, which reduced all ordinary income tax rates; the Jobs and Growth Tax Reconciliation Act of 2003, which reduced the tax rate on dividends and capital gains; and the Job Creation Act of 2004, which provided significant reforms for corporate tax policy. Before his election as chairman of the Ways and Means Committee, Mr. Thomas was chairman of the Ways and Means Health Subcommittee. He was also chairman of the House Administration Committee from 1995 to 2001. Before entering Congress, he was a faculty member at Bakersfield Community College and a member of the California State Assembly. Mr. Thomas recently served as vice chairman of the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission, a ten-member commission established to investigate the causes of the financial crisis.

Robert B. Helms is a resident scholar at AEI. He has served as a member of the Medicaid Commission as well as assistant secretary for planning and evaluation and deputy assistant secretary for health policy at the Department of Health and Human Services. An economist by training, Mr. Helms has written and lectured extensively on health policy and health economics, including the history of Medicare, the tax treatment of health insurance, and comparisons of international health systems. He currently participates in the Health Policy Consensus Group, an informal task force that is developing consumer-driven health reforms. He is the author or editor of several AEI Press books on health policy, including Medicare in the Twenty-First Century: Seeking Fair and Efficient Reform (1999) and Competitive Strategies in the Pharmaceutical Industry (1996).

 

 

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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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Robert B.
Helms
  • Robert B. Helms has served as a member of the Medicaid Commission as well as assistant secretary for planning and evaluation and deputy assistant secretary for health policy at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). An economist by training, he has written and lectured extensively on health policy and health economics, including the history of Medicare, the tax treatment of health insurance, and compared international health systems. He currently participates in the Health Policy Consensus Group, an informal task force that is developing consumer-driven health reforms. He is the author or editor of several AEI books on health policy, including Medicare in the Twenty-First Century: Seeking Fair and Efficient Reform and Competitive Strategies in the Pharmaceutical Industry.
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