Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Is the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) Good for America?"
"...[N]ow that parts of the bill are already taking effect and the noise level has decreased, we can begin to see what this bill will actually do to reduce costs -- and the answer is a lot...
The Congressional Budget Office estimates that this bill will reduce the deficit by more than $140 billion over the next 10 years, and an additional $1.2 trillion over the following 10 years.
What the bill will do is ensure that people's premiums won't skyrocket as they have been over the past decade and will keep premiums much lower than they would have been without reform...
This legislation is far from perfect, and I know we are going to have to amend and improve it for years to come, just like we've done with Social Security and Medicare. The bill is a landmark piece of legislation that was nearly a century in the making, so it's going to take time to see its full effects."
"Two Views on Health Care: Legislation Contains Cost-Cutting Measures," Fresno Bee, May 29, 2010
Experts Individuals with MDs, DOs, PhDs, JDs or equivalent advanced degrees in fields relevant to health care; top-level federal government officials significantly involved in health care and related issues. [Note: Experts definition varies by site.]
Involvement and Affiliations:
US Representative (D-WA), 1988-present
Senior Member, US House Committee on Ways and Means
Chairman, US House Subcommittee on Income Security and Family Support
Member, US House Subcommittee on Trade
Co-Chair, Congressional Task Force on International HIV/AIDS, Congressional Kidney Caucus, and Congressional India and Indian-Americans Caucus
Regional Medical Officer, US Foreign Service (Zaire), 1987-1988
Chairman, Washington State Senate Ways and Means Committee, 1983-1987
Member, Washington State Senate, 43rd District, 1975-1987
Member, Public Health Associates of Seattle, 1983-1986
Chairman, Washington State Legislative Budget Committee, 1983-1985
Consultant, Washington State Department of Labor and Industries, 1972-1983
Consultant, Division of Juvenile Rehabilitation, Washington State Department of Social and Health Services, 1972-1979
Member, Washington State House of Representatives, 1971-1972