963 Spring 2019 Health Reform: Where Do We Go From Here?
Wednesday, 2:15–3:40, Apr. 3
Fairfax Lord of Life
Instructor: Len Nichols
Coordinator: Leo Brennan
The elections of 2016 may have moved “repeal and replace the?Affordable Care Act,” a.k.a “Obamacare,” off the table temporarily, but we have not in fact reached consensus about the proper role for government in regulating insurance and health service markets.? Court decisions on lawsuits filed by repeal advocates, administrative actions by the Trump administration, and testing the limits of waiver authority by states that oppose Medicaid programs all promise to keep the issues of access to affordable?care well into the future.? The facts that health insurance and?care cost so much, especially prescription drugs and specialist care, and that health care costs continue to grow faster than incomes,?prevent the issues from receding into the?background.? Single-payer health care seems to have more political support than ever, but the rapidly growing budget deficit calls for a reckoning between our social conscience and our willingness to pay for a compassionate society. 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 participants 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, and has been involved in health reform for over 25 years. He is one of the few analysts who have been invited to testify before Congress by both sides of the aisle and was recently appointed to the Physician-Focused Payment Model Technical Advisory Committee, created by statute to advise the Secretary of Health and Human Services on payment reform for Medicare and the health care system as a whole.