Last updated on: 9/13/2010 | Author: ProCon.org

Congressional Research Service (CRS) Biography

Position:
Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Is the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) Good for America?"
Reasoning:

“Commonly cited figures indicate that [as of Aug. 31, 2009] more than 45 million people have no insurance, which can limit their access to care and ability to pay for the care they receive. Costs are rising for nearly everyone, and the country now likely spends over $2.5 trillion, more than 17% of gross domestic product (GDP), on health care services and products, far more than other industrialized countries. For all this spending, the country scores but average or somewhat worse on many indicators of health care quality, and many may not get appropriate standards of care.”

“Health Care Reform: An Introduction,” www.assets.opencrs.com, Aug. 31, 2009

Description:

“The Congressional Research Service (CRS) serves as shared staff to congressional committees and Members of Congress. CRS experts assist at every stage of the legislative process — from the early considerations that precede bill drafting, through committee hearings and floor debate, to the oversight of enacted laws and various agency activities.”

“About CRS,” www.loc.gov (accessed Sep. 13, 2010)

Mission:

“The Congressional Research Service serves the Congress throughout the legislative process by providing comprehensive and reliable legislative research and analysis that are timely, objective, authoritative, and confidential, thereby contributing to an informed national legislature.”

“About CRS,” www.loc.gov (accessed Sep. 13, 2010)

Other:
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Quoted in:
  1. Would medical malpractice reform (tort reform) significantly reduce the cost of health care?
  2. Can federal funds be used for abortion services?