Former Senior Policy Advisor for Social Security and Medicare at the Institute for Policy Innovation
Con to the question "Is the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) Good for America?"
"National health plans similar to what President Obama is proposing have been adopted in other countries. They always start out promising universal access and free or reduced-price health care. But they end up with massive institutional bureaucracies whose purpose and function are to deny health care and medical services. Often they fail to control spending despite resorting to withholding care to politically weak groups...
the health policy changes President Obama and Congressional Democrats support would cause millions of Americans to lose their choice of doctors and insurance coverage, require that access to care be strictly rationed, and cause the quality of care to deteriorate. Despite all this sacrifice, nationalizing health insurance in America would require major tax increases, slow economic growth, and increase the national debt...
America can’t finance all the promises it already has made to Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid beneficiaries. President Obama and Congressional Democrats are acting in a fiscally reckless and irresponsible way in the face of this long-term entitlement crisis. The Obama government takeover of health care is unnecessary. Real, long-lasting reform can be accomplished without the government taking over the health care system."
"The Obama Health Plan: Rationing, Higher Taxes, and Lower Quality Care," www.heartland.org, Aug. 2009
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Involvement and Affiliations:
Senior Fellow, Entitlement and Budget Policy, Heartland Institute
President, Virginia Club for Growth
General Counsel, American Civil Rights Union
Senior Policy Advisor, Americans for Tax Reform
Board Member, Virginia Institute for Public Policy
Former Senior Policy Advisor, Social Security and Medicare, Institute for Policy Innovation
Former Director, International Center for Law and Economics
Senior Fellow, Heritage Foundation, 1993-1994
Associate Deputy Attorney General, US Department of Justice, 1992-1993
Senior Fellow, Cato Institute, 1988-1991
Associate Profefssor of Law, George Mason University, 1987-1991