Friday, 1:00–2:30, Apr. 6
Instructor: Len Nichols
Coordinator: Leo Brennan
The Affordable Care Act (ACA), aka “Obamacare,” quickly became, is still, and may always be a touchstone of partisan and emotional debate. Despite attempts at legislative changes in 2017, it seems likely that attempts to repeal and replace, or maybe just “fix” the ACA, will continue for generations. How will tax reform and Medicare changes affect the final “replace” legislation? Will single payer health care for all develop serious momentum in the US Congress in 2018 and beyond? Some ACA impact data are known, though opponents and proponents tend to emphasize different facts. The instructor will provide an assessment of the law’s performance to date, followed by interactive discussion about various replacement options, both legislative and regulatory. The goal of the class is to help audience members evaluate health care reform by the yardsticks that matter most to them.
Dr. Len Nichols is a professor of health policy at Mason and director of the Center for Health Policy Research and Ethics. He has been involved in health reform for over 25 years. He is one of the few analysts who have been invited to testify in Congress by both sides of the aisle and was recently appointed to the Physician-Focused Payment Model Technical Advisory Committee created to advise the Secretary of Health and Human Services on payment reform for Medicare and the health care system as a whole.