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James C. Capretta

James C. Capretta

New Atlantis Contributing Editor James C. Capretta is an expert on health care and entitlement policy, with years of experience in both the executive and legislative branches of government. E-mail: jcapretta@aei.org.


James C. Capretta’s Latest New Atlantis Articles

 Health Care with a Conscience” (Fall 2008) 

 Health Care 2008: A Political Primer” (Spring 2008) 

 The Clipboard of the Future” (Winter 2008)


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Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Destroying Private Health Insurance 

A Closer Look at the Obama Health Plan

News stories continue to suggest that Senator Barack Obama’s health care plan would build on today’s employer-based system of private insurance. In a new National Review Online article, I argue that Obama’s plan would actually lead to the demise of private health insurance, including coverage provided by employers.

The reason is simple: the public insurance option Obama calls for in his plan would use price controls to keep premiums low, which would completely undercut the ability of private plans to compete and gain market share. Estimates from the Lewin Group confirm that the vast majority of new insurance enrollment for a plan like Obama’s would go with the public insurance option because of the premium differential associated with such price controls.

Details in the NRO article.

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