Last updated on: 9/3/2010 | Author: ProCon.org

Joe Baker, JD Biography

Title:
President of the Medicare Rights Center
Position:
Pro to the question "Is the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) Good for America?"
Reasoning:

“[T]he Health Care and Education Affordability Reconciliation Act of 2010 (H.R. 4872)… represents a comprehensive approach to health care reform while making important improvements and investments in Medicare…

In combination with the reconciliation bill… provisions in the underlying law will increase access to treatment for people with Medicare.

Despite claims to the contrary, the bill does not cut any Medicare benefits…

Lastly, the final health care reform package also provides access to health coverage for millions of Americans without health insurance, including people with disabilities enduring the two-year wait for Medicare. Assistance with premiums and cost-sharing will help ensure middle-class Americans will be able to afford the medical care they need, while the expansion of Medicaid coverage provides a cost-effective means of delivering care to people with low incomes.”

Letter on behalf of the Medicare Rights Center to US Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Mar. 24, 2010

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • President, Medicare Rights Center, June 2009-present
  • Former Deputy Secretary for Health and Human Services under New York Governor David A. Paterson, June 2008-June 2009
  • Former Assistant Deputy Secretary for Health and Human Services under former New York Governor Eliot Spitzer, Jan. 2007-May 2008
  • Health Care Bureau Chief under former New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer, Sep. 2001-Dec. 2006
  • Former Executive Vice President, Medicare Rights Center, Nov. 1994-Sep. 2001
  • Assistant Director of Legal Services, Gay Men’s Health Crisis, Nov. 1989-Nov. 1994
  • Associate, Attorney, Battle Fowler LLP, Nov. 1987-Nov. 1989
Education:
  • JD, University of Virginia School of Law, 1987
    BA with Distinction, English Literature, University of Virginia, 1984
Other:
  • Legal name is Joseph Baker
Quoted in:
  1. Will physicians be required to accept all Medicare patients?