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Putting Health Care on a Sustainable Path

March 10, 2011

National Center for Policy Analysis President, CEO and Kellye Wright Fellow John C. Goodman testified before the Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health on March 9.  He discussed major structural flaws in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA).  Each flaw is so potentially damaging, Congress will have to resort to major corrective action even if critics of the new health care law are not part of it.  Further, each must be addressed in any new attempt to create workable health care reform, Goodman said.

Goodman focused on five main themes:

  • The growing cost of the individual and employer mandates.
  • The bizarre system of subsidies.
  • The perverse incentives the reform creates for insurers and individuals.
  • The impossible expectations placed on the health care workforce.
  • And the large benefit cuts for seniors.

Goodman hopes Republicans and Democrats can agree on reforms that will truly control runaway entitlement spending.  In the meantime, the approach should be to cancel cuts that are never going to be made anyway and pay for the cancellation by delaying the implementation of key provisions of the PPACA.

Source: John C. Goodman, "Putting Health Care on a Sustainable Path," National Center for Policy Analysis, March 9, 2011.

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