Incremental change has helped many more Americans get health insurance. But whenever there are multiple pathways to getting health insurance, inevitably gaps in coverage result. There is still great room for improvement in the current health care policy landscape.
On Thursday, October 26, 2023, The Hamilton Project at the Brookings Institution convened leaders and experts to discuss the future of health care policy in the United States. The event included two discussions featuring Amy Finkelstein (MIT), Jason Furman (Harvard University), Esther Krofah (Milken Institute), Kyu Rhee (National Association of Community Health Centers), and Henry Waxman (Waxman Strategies).
In conjunction with the event, The Hamilton Project released a policy proposal by Amy Finkelstein and Liran Einav. The authors argue that the purpose of U.S. health insurance policy is to fulfill a long-standing societal commitment to try to provide access to essential health care, regardless of resources. They propose universal coverage for a basic set of medical services, and the option to buy additional, supplemental coverage in a well-designed market. Additionally, The Hamilton Project released a policy proposal by Jason Brown and Gopi Goda on gaps in affordable health care for low-income seniors.
1:00 p.m. | Welcome
Jason Furman, Aetna Professor of the Practice of Economic Policy, Harvard University
1:05 p.m. | Academic discussion
Amy Finkelstein, John & Jennie S. MacDonald Professor of Economics, MIT
Moderator: Jason Furman, Aetna Professor of the Practice of Economic Policy, Harvard University
1:45 p.m. | Roundtable discussion: Addressing gaps in coverage
Esther Krofah, Executive Vice President, Health, Milken Institute
Kyu Rhee, President and CEO, National Association of Community Health Centers
Henry Waxman, Former Chairman, U.S. House of Representatives Energy & Commerce Committee; Current Chairman, Waxman Strategies
Moderator: Wendy Edelberg, Director, The Hamilton Project, Senior Fellow, Economic Studies, The Brookings Institution