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Technical problems that initially plagued the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA’s) rollout are being resolved and more people are now able to sign up for the exchanges, but the rocky enrollment and other issues continue to pose problems for the law. AEI health experts hosted a discussion on Wednesday that addressed the law’s current status and future prospects.

Joseph Antos examined enrollment numbers, pointing out that based on current rates, enrollment in March will be millions short of the administration’s target. James C. Capretta discussed the future of the individual mandate, projecting that the tax will not generate as much revenue as the Congressional Budget Office estimated, and that the mandate will likely be postponed because of political pressure associated with levying such a tax on millions of Americans.

Thomas P. Miller explained some of the legal challenges the ACA faces. He suggested that, if successful, some of the current cases stand to change the bargaining power and leverage of the states. Antos, Capretta, and Miller concluded that the recent slowdown in health care spending is not because of the ACA, that the individual mandate is likely to be delayed, and that as long as the US maintains some vestiges of a private system there will be strong incentives to solve cost problems in the future.
–Neil McCray


Event Description

This is the second event in a three-part AEI breakfast series discussing the implications of developments in Obamacare implementation.

Three months into the Affordable Care Act’s rollout, where do we stand? From the administration’s multiple delays in implementation to millions of coverage cancellations to ongoing federal court cases, many aspects of the law have yet to be settled.

How are these developments affecting Obamacare’s long-term viability, and what do they mean for Americans now attempting to access insurance through the exchanges? What implications do they have for stakeholders — such as insurance companies, businesses, and providers — who are affected by the law? And what problems have yet to appear?

Join AEI scholars for the second event in a discussion series of the promises, problems, and implications of the Affordable Care Act rollout. Click here for information about the previous event.

If you are unable to attend, we welcome you to watch the event live on this page. Full video will be posted within 24 hours.


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8:15 AM
Registration and Breakfast

8:30 AM
Joseph Antos, AEI
James C. Capretta, AEI
Thomas P. Miller, AEI

Ramesh Ponnuru, AEI and National Review

9:15 AM
Question-and-Answer Session

9:30 AM

Event Contact Information

For more information, please contact Neil McCray at [email protected], 202.862.5826.

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For media inquiries, please contact [email protected], 202.862.5829.

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