Past Event

Evolving Beyond Traditional Employer-Sponsored Health Insurance

Wednesday, May 02, 2007
Health Care

On May 2, 2007, The Hamilton Project hosted a policy seminar on a proposal from Stuart Butler of the Heritage Foundation to move toward universal coverage by evolving beyond the traditional model of employer-sponsored health insurance. Butler proposed three areas of reform:

  1. create state-chartered insurance exchanges to offer portable health plans
  2. transform employers into facilitators of health care coverage, rather than sponsors
  3. reform the tax treatment of health care to give state exchanges the same tax exemptions enjoyed by the current employer-based system.

The author was joined by Jerome Grossman, Director of the Health Care Delivery Policy Program at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government; Len Nichols, Director of Health Policy for the New America Foundation; and JoAnn Volk, Legislative Representative for the AFL-CIO, for a roundtable discussion about his proposal. Jason Furman, Brookings Senior Fellow and Director of The Hamilton Project, moderated the panel.

Butler’s proposal was one of four alternative discussion papers released by The Hamilton Project during its April 10, 2007 “Who’s Got the Cure? Four Options for Achieving Universal Coverage” event. The rest of the papers highlighted a range of policy proposals for achieving the goal for universal health care coverage for all Americans.



Jason Furman
The Hamilton Project

Policy Presentation

Stuart M. Butler
The Heritage Foundation

Roundtable Discussion

Jerome Grossman
Harvard University

Len Nichols
New America Foundation

JoAnn Volk

Moderator: Jason Furman
The Hamilton Project

Event Forum

The Brookings Institution
1775 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington, DC 20036, USA

Available Downloads

Full, unedited transcriptpdf


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