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Cost Estimates for a PPACA Replacement Plan

American Action Forum | Published on April 22, 2013

By James C. Capretta and Douglas Holtz-Eakin

…ith a market-based reform plan. It is important that the alternatives and the PPACA be evaluated on a level playing field with respect to the estimated impact on the federal budget, premiums, the uninsured and other empirical aspects of the impacts of reform.  Naturally, these estimates depend largely on economic simulation models. When the Congressional Budget Office analyzes reform proposals, its estimates are the center of the policy debate. …

The Role of Medicare Fee-for-Service in Inefficient Health Care Delivery

American Enterprise Institute and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation | Published on April 16, 2013

By James C. Capretta

…percent because of rising use and more intensive treatment per condition.4 And, of course, because physicians are essentially the gatekeepers of the delivery system, as use of their services rises, so does use of every other aspect of medical care, including days in hospitals, outpatient center procedures, lab tests, and prescription drug consumption. MEDICARE’S SIZE AND INFLUENCE Medicare’s influence on the overall structure of the service-deli…

Dr. Luis Lugo at the March 2013 Faith Angle Forum

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By Michael Cromartie

…zation hypothesis in this type of data, that we all end up like Vermont, and then Vermont ends up like Sweden – (Laughter.) – and that’s where America is headed. And that seems heightened by the generational aspect of what you’re talking about. DR. LUGO: Yes. MR. GERSON: So how does that relate to the broader question, the tie between just modernity and the decline of institutional religion? DR. LUGO: Yes, in fact, I’…

Political Moderation and the Conservative Disposition

Commentary Magazine | Published on April 1, 2013

By Peter Wehner

…She continues: He did not avoid disagreement; there was nothing wimpish about him. But he confronted it with such good nature and good humor that he always won the argument (he would never, of course, have called it that) by default, so to speak. It is not often that the person and the philosopher are so totally congruent. The “conservative disposition” – the disposition to enjoy what is rather than pining for what might be, to appreciate the gi…

Saving Seniors and Our Most Vulnerable Citizens from an Entitlement Crisis

Energy and Commerce Committee | Published on March 18, 2013

By James C. Capretta

…n in 2012 to nearly $1.8 trillion in 2023.  That $1 trillion jump in spending represents 55 percent of the difference between total, non-interest federal spending in 2023 compared to 2012.  Put another way, and essentially by default, the major health entitlement programs will crowd out every other possible priority and consume more than half of all additional resources at the federal level. Looking further out into the future, the problem is ev…