Resident Fellow at the American Enterprise Institute
Con to the question "Is the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) Good for America?"
"As business starts grappling with health reform, it's becoming clearer that the Obama plan is predicated on some false assumptions about the health care industry.
Three assumptions underlying the legislation are simply wrong, making it hard to see how the plan ever reduces costs. It assumes that health insurers are highly profitable, that doctors and hospitals operate on lean margins, and that the source of change and innovation in health care delivery is going to come from hospitals and medical practices that consolidate into more closed provider networks.
All three of these suppositions have been erroneous in the past, and will remain wrong in the future. It's almost as though nobody in the White House or the Senate drafting and shaping the plan's contents had ever worked in the health care industry in any meaningful capacity."
"Diagnosing Misconceptions about Health Care," Politico's The Arena, Aug. 8, 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.]