The Impact of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act on Job Creators and the Economy

July 10, 2012

by John C. Goodman

Mr. Chairman and members of the Committee, I am John Goodman, president of the National Center for Policy Analysis (NCPA).  A nonprofit, nonpartisan public policy research organization, the NCPA is dedicated to developing and promoting private alternatives to government regulation and control, and solving problems by relying on the strength of the competitive, entrepreneurial private sector.   I welcome the opportunity to share my views and look forward to your questions.

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) will radically transform the U.S. health care system.  Arguably the most radical piece of legislation ever passed by Congress, the law will affect everyone with private insurance, every senior on Medicare, everyone on Medicaid.  The bill will create 159 new regulatory agencies.  Its first 10-year cost is close to $1 trillion.  It is intentionally designed to fundamentally alter the way medicine is practiced in this country. 

In this testimony, I address the impact of the legislation on the economy.

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