Thursday, February 2, 2012
Two (Relatively) Recent Public Events
On December 16, 2011, I participated in a public forum at the Brookings Institution entitled “Controlling Medicare Costs: Is Premium Support the Answer?” The event was kicked off by a presentation from former New Mexico Senator Pete Domenici (my old boss from the years I spent on the staff of the Senate Budget Committee) and former Clinton administration Budget Director Alice Rivlin, on the specific premium support plan they have proposed as part of the deficit reduction initiative of the Bipartisan Policy Center. I participated in a panel discussion that followed their presentation, which featured the views of both opponents and proponents of premium support in the Medicare context. My remarks were based in large part on the views I expressed in a companion paper, also commissioned by Brookings (available here). A full description of the event, and a full video recording of it are available here.
And this week, I had the pleasure of moderating a public forum, sponsored by e21, on Capitol Hill featuring introductory remarks from Wyoming Senator John Barrasso and a presentation from University of Minnesota Law Professor Daniel Schwarcz on why employers are likely to dump their unhealthy workers into the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act’s state exchanges. Professor Schwarcz’s presentation drew on his findings from a law journal article he recently co-authored (available here). The full details regarding the event, as well as a full video recording of it, are available here.