On Friday, December 16 I participated in a panel on the future of U.S. health reform at the new headquarters of the American Enterprise Institute at 1789 Massachusetts Avenue in Washington DC (note the street address number). There were two panels on the program called “What’s Next for Health Care?”
AEI’s Joe Antos and James Capretta were the session moderators. Former Urban Institute Chief Bob Reischauer and I, respectively, were the ACA defenders on each of the two panels.
Feel welcome to watch the full session below — my panel starts about 1 hour into the 2 hour event which was also shown on CSPAN.
What I picked up from the session is lots of uncertainty on the Republican/ conservative side on how to proceed, both on process and substance. Some of them are now suggesting the need for a 4-year transition, not 2 or 3 are previously discussed. Repealing and replacing the ACA is not going to be easy for them.
Meanwhile, please check out this new column by Noam Levey in the LA Times: “Trump and the GOP are charging forward with ObamaCare repeal, but few are eager to follow.” Levey could not identify “a single major organization representing patients, physicians, hospitals or others who work in the nation’s healthcare system (that) backs the GOP’s Obamacare strategy.” Neither can I.
The Republicans’ ObamaCare death march is getting more interesting every day as we move closer to the cliff.