Past Event

Health-Care Reform Reconsidered: Options for Change, Part 1: Affordability and Effectiveness

Tuesday, April 10, 2007
Health Care

The Hamilton Project at the Brookings Institution was launched last year to advance an economic strategy to restore America’s promise of opportunity, prosperity, and growth — and inject new policy options from leading thinkers across the country into the national economic debate. To further this mission the project has commissioned significant work in the area of health policy and will release two sets of papers this year.

On April 10, 2007, The Hamilton Project launched the first of the two-part series focusing on making health care more affordable while improving its effectiveness. A panel of experts from the business, labor, and policy communities, including Andrew Stern, President of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), and Ronald Williams, Aetna Chairman, Chief Executive Officer, and President, addressed the challenges of providing affordable, quality health care in the United States.

A second panel highlighted three new discussion papers addressing key areas of health care reform. Proposals included improving the affordability of insurance and effectiveness of health spending through income-related cost sharing; policy options for fixing the Medicare prescription drug benefit, including simplifying consumer choice, improving benefit design, and closing the gap or “donut hole” in coverage that consumers now face; and restructuring the financing of preventive health care services to promote health and improve efficiency. Robert E. Rubin, former U.S. Treasury Secretary and Hamilton Project Advisory Council Member, provided opening remarks.


Opening Remarks

Robert E. Rubin
Citigroup, Inc.

Panel Discussion

Jason Furman
Senior Fellow, Economic Studies

Richard G. Frank
Harvard University

Jeanne M. Lambrew
George Washington University and Center for American Progress

Joseph P. Newhouse
Harvard University

Moderator: Henry J. Aaron
Senior Fellow, Economic Studies

Panel Discussion

Robert Reischauer
The Urban Institute

Andrew Stern
Service Employees International Union (SEIU)

Ronald A. Williams
Chairman, CEO, and President, Aetna Inc.

Moderator: Suzanne Nora Johnson
Goldman Sachs

Event Forum

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

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