Last updated on: 8/9/2010 | Author:

Paul N. Van de Water, PhD Biography

Senior Fellow at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
Pro to the question "Is the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) Good for America?"

“The health reform legislation now before Congress represents a historic opportunity to make significant progress in three critical areas: expanding the availability and affordability of health coverage, instituting much-needed improvements to the flawed health insurance marketplace, and taking steps to slow the relentless growth in health care costs.

Not only would this legislation produce the greatest gains in health coverage since the enactment of Medicare and Medicaid 45 years ago and provide stability and security for tens of millions of Americans who now have health insurance, but its costs are also fully offset; the legislation would reduce budget deficits by $138 billion over ten years, according to the Congressional Budget Office (CBO). CBO estimates that the legislation would continue to reduce deficits in years after 2019, to a greater extent than under the Senate-passed bill by itself.

The Senate health reform legislation and the limited, but significant, improvements made to it in the accompanying reconciliation bill may represent the last hope, perhaps for many years to come, to enact comprehensive health reform legislation.”

Cowritten with Sarah Lueck, January Angeles, Edwin Park, and Judith Solomon, “Health Reform Package Represents Historic Chance to Expand Coverage, Improve Insurance Markets, Slow Cost Growth, and Reduce Deficits,”, Mar. 19, 2010

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Senior Fellow, Medicare, Social Security, and health coverage, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
  • Former Vice President of Health Policy, National Academy of Social Insurance
  • Assistant Deputy Commissioner for Policy, Social Security Administration, 2001-2005
  • Associate Commissioner for Research, Evaluation, and Statistics, Social Security Administration, 1999-2001
  • Assistant Director for Budget Analysis, Congressional Budget Office (CBO), 1994-1999
  • Deputy Assistant Director for Budget Analysis, Congressional Budget Office (CBO), 1992-1994
  • PhD, Economics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
  • AB, Economics, Princeton University
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Quoted in:
  1. Will the health care reform laws decrease the federal deficit?
  2. Will the cost to fund public health programs such as Medicare and Medicaid decrease?