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On June 22 at AEI, the Speaker’s Task Force on Health Care Reform unveiled their plan to reform the nation’s health care system.

Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI) delivered opening remarks outlining the plan. He contended that while the Affordable Care Act emphasized quantity (number of people with insurance coverage), the task force’s plan emphasized quality (the caliber of health services delivered). Next, House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA) discussed the plan, emphasizing a restoration of the patient-doctor relationship.

During a panel discussion, House Budget Committee Chairman Tom Price (R-GA) emphasized patient-centricity and choice. House Education and the Workforce Committee Chairman John Kline (R-MN) discussed the unity and consensus surrounding this plan as opposed to a patchwork of repeal-and-replace plans proposed in the House.

House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI) argued that while some aspects of reform—preexisting conditions and coverage for young people—are popular across the board, others, such as Medicaid, require more serious discussion. House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady (R-TX) argued for a “health care backpack” that can travel with someone throughout life, from youth until retirement. He emphasized that this “backpack” would be tailored to an individual person’s needs and include a monthly portable tax credit.
–Kaavya Ramesh

Event Description

Improving American health care requires adopting market-based reforms that intensify competition and facilitate innovation. The result would be better access to care, higher quality, lower costs, and a strengthened safety net for the most vulnerable. Please join AEI for remarks from Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI) and a conversation with members of the Speaker’s Task Force on Health Care Reform on their plan to replace Obamacare with a patient-centered approach. The Speaker’s Task Force members will discuss how their plan provides access to insurance and quality care for all patients, protects Medicare and Medicaid, and promotes innovation to improve treatments for patients.

Join the conversation on social media with @AEI on Twitter and Facebook.


1:45 PM

2:00 PM
Arthur C. Brooks, AEI

2:05 PM
Opening Remarks:
Paul Ryan, Speaker of the House of Representatives (R-WI)

2:10 PM
Opening Remarks:
Steve Scalise, House Majority Whip (R-LA)

2:15 PM
Kevin Brady, Chairman of the House Committee on Ways and Means (R-TX)
John Kline, Chairman of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce (R-MN)
Tom Price, Chairman of the House Committee on the Budget (R-GA)
Fred Upton, Chairman of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce (R-MI)

James C. Capretta, AEI

2:50 PM

3:00 PM

Speaker Biographies

Arthur C. Brooks is the president of AEI and the Beth and Ravenel Curry Scholar in Free Enterprise. Until January 1, 2009, he was the Louis A. Bantle Professor of Business and Government Policy at Syracuse University. He is the author of 11 books and many articles on topics ranging from the economics of the arts to applied mathematics. His books include “The Conservative Heart: How to Build a Fairer, Happier, and More Prosperous America” (Broadside Books, 2015), “The Road to Freedom: How to Win the Fight for Free Enterprise” (Basic Books, 2012), “Social Entrepreneurship” (Prentice Hall, 2008), and “Who Really Cares” (Basic Books, 2006). Before pursuing his work in public policy, Dr. Brooks spent 12 years as a professional French hornist with the City Orchestra of Barcelona and other ensembles.

Kevin Brady represents Texas’ 8th Congressional District in the US House of Representatives and is chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee. He previously chaired the Health and Trade Subcommittees. He also served as chairman and vice chairman of the Joint Economic Committee. Before his election to Congress, he worked as a Chamber of Commerce executive and served six years in the Texas House of Representatives.

James C. Capretta has spent more than two decades studying American health care policy. As an associate director at the White House’s Office of Management and Budget from 2001 to 2004, he was responsible for all health care, Social Security, and welfare issues. Earlier, he served as a senior health policy analyst at the US Senate Budget Committee and at the US House Committee on Ways and Means. Mr. Capretta is also concurrently a senior fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center. At AEI, he researches how to replace the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act with a less expensive reform plan to provide effective and secure health insurance for working-age Americans and their families.

John Kline has been proud to represent the men and women of Minnesota’s Second Congressional District in the US House of Representatives since first being elected to in 2002. In 2010, Kline was chosen by his peers to serve as chairman of the Education and the Workforce Committee, making him the first member of Congress from Minnesota to be selected for that position. A 25-year veteran of the Marine Corps, he also serves on the House Armed Services Committee. During his successful career in the Marines, he served as a helicopter pilot and earned the responsibility of flying Marine One, the president’s personal helicopter. He also served as a personal military aide to Presidents Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan.

Tom Price was first elected to represent Georgia’s Sixth Congressional District in November 2004. He serves as chair of the House Budget Committee and as a member of the House Committee on Ways and Means. He has served as chairman of the House Republican Policy Committee and Republican Study Committee. Previously, he served four terms in the Georgia State Senate, two as minority whip. In 2002, he was a leader in the Republican renaissance in Georgia as the party took control of the state senate, rising to become the first Republican Senate majority leader in Georgia’s history. Before his political career, Rep. Price worked for nearly 20 years in private practice as an orthopedic surgeon, serving for a time at Emory University School of Medicine as assistant professor and as medical director of the orthopedic clinic at Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta.

Paul Ryan is the 54th speaker of the US House of Representatives and the representative for Wisconsin’s First Congressional District, a seat to which he was first elected in 1998. He is the former chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, and during the 112th and 113th Congresses, he served as chairman of the House Budget Committee. In 2012, he also served as Governor Mitt Romney’s vice presidential nominee. Before serving in Congress, Speaker Ryan worked at Ryan Inc. Central, a construction firm founded by his great-grandfather in 1884. He also served as an aide, economic adviser, and speechwriter for various public officials in Washington, DC.

Steve Scalise proudly serves as House Majority Whip and represents the First Congressional District of Louisiana. During the 113th Congress, he served as chairman for the Republican Study Committee, a caucus of more than 170 conservative members in the House. He is an advocate for a comprehensive energy strategy that would increase the supply of American oil and natural gas and ensure domestic energy security. He has also led efforts to pass legislation dedicated to restoring the coastal ecosystems after the Deepwater Horizon disaster. Before being elected to Congress, Rep. Scalise served in the Louisiana state legislature for 12 years.

Fred Upton represents Michigan’s Sixth Congressional District in the US House of Representatives and serves as chairman of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce. As chairman, he is a leading proponent of an “all of the above” energy policy that puts a premium on domestic energy exploration, the advancement of breakthrough technologies, and the development of nuclear power. Before being elected to Congress, Rep. Upton served in President Ronald Reagan’s Office of Management and Budget.

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