Why ObamaCare Is Wrong for America
An Event for Capitol Hill Staffers
About This Event
Published on the one-year anniversary of the passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, Why ObamaCare Is Wrong for America is the first in-depth examination of the impact of this unprecedented law on nearly every part of American society. Written by four clear-eyed health policy experts who do not pull their punches, this new book demystifies the complex contortions of the sweeping plan that the Obama administration and Congress finally jammed into final law last year, despite the strong protests of a skeptical public. The authors explore the initial and future effects of ObamaCare on its victims – --the American people. Eye-opening and unsettling, but still inspiring all of us to do better, this is a book that everyone in America should read. Why ObamaCare Is Wrong for America delivers essential information on what’s in the new health care law, explains how it will affect you, and recommends what you can do about it.


12:00 p.m.
Opening Remarks:
TOM PRICE, US House of Representatives

JAMES C. CAPRETTA, Ethics and Public Policy Center


ROBERT E. MOFFIT, Heritage Foundation

Grace-Marie Turner is the president of the Galen Institute, a public policy research organization she founded in 1995 to promote an informed debate over free-market ideas for health care reform. She speaks and writes extensively about incentives to promote a more competitive, patient-centered marketplace in the health sector. Ms. Turner testifies regularly before Congress and advises senior government officials, governors, and state legislators on health policy. She served for a three-year term as a member of the National Advisory Council for Healthcare Research and Quality and was a member of the Medicaid Commission, charged with making recommendations to modernize and improve Medicaid. Ms. Turner is founder and facilitator of the Health Policy Consensus Group, a forum for analysts from market-oriented think tanks around the country to analyze and develop policy recommendations. She is the editor of Empowering Health Care Consumers through Tax Reform (University of Michigan Press, 1999) and produces a widely read weekly electronic newsletter, Health Policy Matters. She has been published in major newspapers, including the Wall Street Journal and USA Today, and has appeared on ABC’s 20/20 and hundreds of US radio and television programs. Ms. Turner received the 2007 Outstanding Achievement Award for Promotion of Consumer Driven Health Care from Consumer Health World.

William Kristol is the founder and editor of the Weekly Standard. He is also a regular panelist on Fox News Sunday and a contributor to the Fox News Channel. Before founding the Weekly Standard in 1995, Mr. Kristol led the Project for the Republican Future, which helped shape the strategy that produced the 1994 Republican congressional victory. Before that, he was chief of staff to Vice President Dan Quayle during the George H. W. Bush administration and to Education Secretary William Bennett in the Reagan administration. Before coming to Washington in 1985, Mr. Kristol was on the faculty of Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government and the University of Pennsylvania’s political science department. He has published widely in areas ranging from foreign policy to constitutional law to political philosophy.

James C. Capretta, a fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center (EPPC), was an associate director from 2001 to 2004 at the White House Office of Management and Budget, where he was the top budget official for health care, Social Security, education, and welfare programs. At EPPC, Mr. Capretta studies and provides commentary on a wide range of public policy and economic issues, with a focus on health care and entitlement reform, US fiscal policy, and global population aging. His essays and articles have appeared in numerous print and online publications, including USA Today, Politico, Health Affairs, National Affairs, Kaiser Health News, the Weekly Standard, and Tax Notes, among others. He is the author of the blog Diagnosis and a frequent contributor to National Review Online. Mr. Capretta has also testified before Congress and appeared as a commentator on BBC World News, PBS Newshour, Fox News, Fox Business News, CNBC, MSNBC, EWTN, and numerous national and local radio programs.

Thomas P. Miller
is a resident fellow at AEI, where he focuses on health policy with a particular emphasis on information transparency, health insurance regulation, and consumer-driven health care. He was a member of the National Advisory Council for the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality from 2007 to 2009. Before joining AEI, Mr. Miller served for three years as a senior health economist for the Joint Economic Committee, where he organized a series of hearings focusing on promising reforms in private health care markets. He also has been director of health policy studies at the Cato Institute and director of economic policy studies at the Competitive Enterprise Institute. Mr. Miller’s writing has appeared in publications such as Health Affairs, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, Reader’s Digest, National Review, Forbes.com, the Journal of Law and Contemporary Problems, Regulation, and Cato Journal. Before moving to Washington to work on public policy, he was a trial attorney, journalist, and radio broadcaster.

Robert E. Moffit is the senior fellow in domestic and economic policy studies at the Heritage Foundation. He directed Heritage’s Center for Health Policy Studies from 2003 to June 2010. Mr. Moffit was one of only a few conservatives to be featured in Modern Healthcare magazine’s 2010 “100 Most Powerful People in Healthcare” list. He served as a senior official in the Department of Health and Human Services and the Office of Personnel Management during the Reagan administration and later as a senior associate at Capitol Resources Group International, where he helped clients on federal health care policy matters. Mr. Moffit has appeared on the major cable news channels as well as the broadcast networks, and he is quoted regularly by USA Today and other leading newspapers. His analysis and commentary have been cited or published by the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Post, and the Washington Post, among others. He also has published in many professional journals, including Health Affairs, Health Systems Review, Harvard Health Policy Review, the Journal of Contemporary Health Law and Policy, Postgraduate Medicine, and the Journal of Medicine and Philosophy. Mr. Moffit was a contributor to Controversial Issues in Social Policy (Allyn & Bacon, 2003), a university textbook on public policy.
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