Last updated on: 6/10/2010 | Author: ProCon.org

RAND Corporation Biography

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

“The recently enacted federal health care reform law provides health insurance coverage to the largest number of Americans while keeping federal costs as low as reasonably possible…

The only alternatives that would have covered more Americans at a lower cost to the federal government were all politically untenable—substantially higher penalties for those who don’t comply with mandates, lower government subsidies and less-generous Medicaid expansion…

The RAND analysis estimates that 28 million Americans will be newly insured by 2016 under the provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act…

The analysis found that only a few policy scenarios would produce better results than expected under the new health reform law and those scenarios represent only small improvements over what will be expected by 2016.”

“Few Health Reform Options Would Have Covered More People at Lower Cost Than New Law,” www.rand.org, June 8, 2010

Description:

“The RAND Corporation is a nonprofit institution that helps improve policy and decisionmaking through research and analysis.”

“History and Mission,” www.rand.org (accessed Oct. 8, 2015)

Mission:

“For more than six decades, RAND has used rigorous, fact-based research and analysis to help individuals, families, and communities throughout the world be safer and more secure, healthier and more prosperous. Our research spans the issues that matter most, such as energy, education, health, justice, the environment, and international and military affairs.

As a nonpartisan organization, RAND is widely respected for operating independent of political and commercial pressures. Quality and objectivity are our two core values.

RAND’s research is commissioned by a global clientele that includes government agencies, foundations, and private-sector firms. Philanthropic contributions, combined with earnings from RAND’s endowment and operations, make possible the RAND-Initiated Research program, which supports innovative research on issues that are crucial to the policy debate but that reach beyond the boundaries of traditional client funding.”

“History and Mission,” www.rand.org (accessed Oct. 8, 2015)

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Quoted in:
  1. Will I pay less for health insurance and medical care?