Last updated on: 9/28/2010 | Author: ProCon.org

John S. Hoff, LLB Biography

Title:
Secretary and Founding Board Member of the Galen Institute
Position:
Con to the question "Is the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) Good for America?"
Reasoning:

“PPACA legislates lofty goals for the reform of the health care payment and delivery system. It gives the Administration broad authority to implement these goals. They are impossible to reach, but in the process of trying, the Administration will control the future of private health insurance and shape how health care is delivered.

The scaffolding for this control is set up by PPACA. The Administration has the authority to build the structure. In the hands of an Administra­tion that is hostile to private insurance and believes in governmental control of private activity, the pros­pect is daunting. The Administration will create mountains of regulations that will govern these activities. Health care will be politicized and made more cumbersome. The flexibility of providers and patients will be greatly reduced and creativity sup­pressed. Individual choice will be subordinated to decisions made by central authority. The regulations issued by the government will be grist for private litigation against providers and insurers. PPACA sets in motion dynamics that will increase the cost of health care, reduce its flexibility, and ultimately prove anathema to the kind of health care that Americans want.”

“Implementing Obamacare: A New Exercise in Old-Fashioned Central Planning,” www.heritage.org, Sep. 10, 2010

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Secretary and Founding Board Member, Galen Institute
  • Member, Bar of the District of Columbia
  • Member, Bar of the Supreme Court of the United States
  • Health Attaché, United States Mission to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), 2005-2009
  • Health Attaché, US Mission to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), 2005-2009
  • Deputy Assistant Secretary, Planning and Evaluation, US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), 2001-2005
  • Former special employee, National Bipartisan Commission on the Future of Medicare
  • Former project director, Committee on Economic Development
  • Former member, National Advisory Board on the Ethics of Reproduction
  • Former private attorney in health law and policy
  • Former law clerk, Judge Warren E. Burger, United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
Education:
  • LLB, cum laude, Harvard Law School, 1965
  • BA, magna cum laude, Harvard University, 1962
Other:
  • None found
Quoted in:
  1. Will the health insurance exchanges benefit consumers?