Two nationally recognized experts helped us understand the topic "Repeal and replace” Obamacare... with what, and why?
The School of Management recently held its annual Healthcare Forum. This event, under the leadership of SOM Professor Bob Coulam, was a huge success with over 100 people in attendance.
The conversation reflected complexities of the current national debate over efforts to repeal and replace Obamacare.
Dr. Joseph Antos, is a Wilson H. Taylor Scholar in Health Care and Retirement Policy at the American Enterprise Institute, where his research focuses on the economics of health policy, with a focus on market-oriented approaches to reform. He expressed reservations about the bill that House leaders negotiated with President Trump, the American Health Care Act. But he meanwhile presented the rationale for important conservative proposals on such issues as Medicaid reform, and outlined areas of agreement between conservatives and other researchers.
Nancy Turnbull, MBA, is a Senior Lecturer in Health Policy at the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health, leader in health policy and health reform, consumer representative on the board of the Massachusetts Health Connector which governs the state’s health insurance exchange, and former president of the Blue Cross-Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation. She presented a strong defense of Obamacare, insisting that improvements needed were practical, would preserve health coverage for over 20 million Americans, and protect women whose benefits were in jeopardy from the Republican bill that failed.
Much more remains to happen in the debate over health reform, but this event provided a sophisticated guide to where we are and what to look for in the months ahead.
Left: Dr. Joseph Antos. Right: Nancy Turnbull