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Post Event Summary
Although the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the Affordable Care Act (ACA) overall in its June 28 decision, opposition to the ACA remains strong in Congress. At an AEI event on Monday morning, health policy experts joined Senator Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) to discuss policy alternatives to the ACA. Nina Owcharenko of the Heritage Foundation advocated for a full repeal of the law and outlined three areas critical to a replacement plan: tax equity, reforming insurance market rules to introduce portability mechanisms and revamping Medicare and Medicaid.
Dean Clancy of FreedomWorks recommended that health care reform aim to keep costs down rather than blindly expand coverage. AEI's Tom Miller highlighted the need for a system in which patients are the ultimate arbiters of their health. In closing, Sen. Hatch emphasized that it is necessary to address the fundamental problem causing lack of coverage — high costs — before confronting lack of coverage itself.
On June 28, the U.S. Supreme Court settled the primary round of constitutional law challenges to the Affordable Care Act (ACA), upholding the overall law by relabeling its individual mandate a “tax.” Nonetheless, opposition to the ACA remains strong in the U.S. Congress. What should the response of the legislative branch of the federal government be, either this year or next year?
Senator Orrin Hatch — the ranking member of the U.S. Senate Finance Committee and a vocal opponent of the two-year-old health care law — will discuss how best to repeal and replace the ACA. Dean Clancy of FreedomWorks, Nina Owcharenko of The Heritage Foundation and AEI's Tom Miller will examine a wide range of health policy alternatives to the current law in the opening panel discussion.
Full video will be posted within 24 hours.
Panel: Is Repeal and Replace More than Rinse and Repeat?
Dean Clancy, FreedomWorks
Thomas P. Miller, AEI
Nina Owcharenko, The Heritage Foundation
Luncheon Address: What Should Congress Do This Year and Beyond?
Orrin Hatch, U.S. Senate (R-Utah)
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Dean Clancy leads FreedomWorks’ efforts to reverse the government takeover of health care and adopt a patient-centered approach. FreedomWorks is a national grassroots advocacy organization with more than 1.5 million members who are united in support of lower taxes, less government and more freedom. A recognized budget and entitlements expert, Clancy has done high-level tours of duty in the halls of the U.S. Congress, the White House and the private sector. He has served as a senior policy adviser to the U.S. House of Representatives Majority Leader Dick Armey and as the top White House budget official on health care and entitlements in the George W. Bush administration.
Orrin Hatch is now in his sixth term as Utah's senator. He continues to lead in the fight to repeal the unconstitutional individual mandate and other provisions in the $2.6 trillion Obamacare health law. He is on the front lines of legislative battles to secure the nation’s borders, stop the forced unionization of American workers and to bring fiscal restraint back to Washington, D.C., by ending the reckless spending that threatens to bankrupt the nation. Senator Hatch is the ranking member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Finance. He is also a member of the Judiciary Committee; the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee; and the Joint Committee on Taxation. He also has the honor of serving on the board of directors for the Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C.
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, 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 has also been director of health policy studies at the Cato Institute and director of economic policy studies at the Competitive Enterprise Institute. 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 and Forbes.com. Before moving to Washington, D.C., to work on public policy, he was a trial attorney, journalist and radio broadcaster.
Nina Owcharenko is the director of the Center for Health Policy Studies at The Heritage Foundation. Having joined Heritage in 2001, she has made the case for consumer-based health policy solutions as a guest expert on dozens of radio and television programs. Her research and analysis have been published in newspapers and periodicals around the country, as well as in such noted policy journals as Health Affairs. She has likewise presented at national, state and professional conferences. Owcharenko also worked for nearly a decade as a Capitol Hill staffer. She served as legislative director to Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) when he was a representative and to Rep. Sue Myrick (R-N.C.). She began her Hill career on the staff of the late Sen. Jesse Helms (R-N.C.).