Last updated on: 6/7/2012 | Author: ProCon.org

Peter Ferrara, JD Biography

Title:
Former Senior Policy Advisor for Social Security and Medicare at the Institute for Policy Innovation
Position:
Con to the question "Is the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) Good for America?"
Reasoning:

“National health plans similar to what President Obama is proposing have been adopted in other countries. They always start out promising universal access and free or reduced-price health care. But they end up with massive institutional bureaucracies whose purpose and function are to deny health care and medical services. Often they fail to control spending despite resorting to withholding care to politically weak groups…

the health policy changes President Obama and Congressional Democrats support would cause millions of Americans to lose their choice of doctors and insurance coverage, require that access to care be strictly rationed, and cause the quality of care to deteriorate. Despite all this sacrifice, nationalizing health insurance in America would require major tax increases, slow economic growth, and increase the national debt…

America can’t finance all the promises it already has made to Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid beneficiaries. President Obama and Congressional Democrats are acting in a fiscally reckless and irresponsible way in the face of this long-term entitlement crisis. The Obama government takeover of health care is unnecessary. Real, long-lasting reform can be accomplished without the government taking over the health care system.”

“The Obama Health Plan: Rationing, Higher Taxes, and Lower Quality Care,” www.heartland.org, Aug. 2009

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Senior Fellow, Entitlement and Budget Policy, Heartland Institute
  • President, Virginia Club for Growth
  • General Counsel, American Civil Rights Union
  • Senior Policy Advisor, Americans for Tax Reform
  • Board Member, Virginia Institute for Public Policy
  • Former Senior Policy Advisor, Social Security and Medicare, Institute for Policy Innovation
  • Former Director, International Center for Law and Economics
  • Senior Fellow, Heritage Foundation, 1993-1994
  • Associate Deputy Attorney General, US Department of Justice, 1992-1993
  • Senior Fellow, Cato Institute, 1988-1991
  • Associate Profefssor of Law, George Mason University, 1987-1991
  • Associate Attorney, Shaw, Pittman, Pots & Trowbridge, 1983-1984
  • Senior staff member, White House Office of Policy Development, 1982-1983
  • Senior staff member, US Department of Housing and Urban Development, Office of Policy Development, 1981-1982
  • Associate attorney, Cravath, Swain & Moore, 1979-1981
Education:
  • JD, cum laude, Harvard Law School
  • BA, magna cum laude, Economics, Harvard College
Other:
  • Has written studies and reports for the Cato Institute, The Heritage Foundation, National Center for Policy Analysis, Family Research Council, and the US Chamber of Commerce
Quoted in:
  1. Will the cost to fund public health programs such as Medicare and Medicaid decrease?