Thomas Miller is a former senior health economist for the Joint Economic Committee (JEC). He studies health care policy and regulation. A former trial attorney, journalist, and sports broadcaster, Mr. Miller is the co-author of Why ObamaCare Is Wrong For America (HarperCollins 2011) and heads AEI's "Beyond Repeal & Replace" health reform project. He has testified before Congress on issues including the uninsured, health care costs, Medicare prescription drug benefits, health insurance tax credits, genetic information, Social Security, and federal reinsurance of catastrophic events. While at the JEC, he organized a number of hearings that focused on reforms in private health care markets, such as information transparency and consumer-driven health care.
Member, National Advisory Council, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 2007-2009
Senior Health Economist, Joint Economic Committee, U.S. Congress, 2003-2006
Director, Health Policy Studies, Cato Institute, 2000-2003
Program Director, Economic Policy Studies, 1993-2000; Senior Policy Analyst, 1986-92, Competitive Enterprise Institute
Supporters of President Obama are working overtime to backtrack from his promise that "If you like your health-care insurance, you can keep it. Period." While the president has conceded that this statement was inaccurate, the administration doesn't seem to have learned its lesson. The damage control plan is to spread another falsehood about the Affordable Care Act.
Before jumping to premature conclusions, observers should note that Judge Friedman concluded that “each argument may ultimately be successful,” upon further briefing. But we will see over the next few months, because now it’s on a final ruling on the merits of the respective legal claims.
Many politicians and pundits claim that the act will make good on its promise to increase access and affordability. But others argue that consolidation caused by federally mandated health care will impair the medical marketplace and hurt consumers in the long run. Join us for lunch as three experts wade through these matters.
It took nearly two hours for D.C. Federal District Court senior judge Paul Friedman to read aloud his thorough and clear “oral” opinion this morning in Halbig et al. v. Sebelius et al. The bottom line is that the group of plaintiffs all get to come back again for the next round in the case (a motion for summary judgment and some final rulings on the merits).