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After Obamacare: The Future of U.S. Health Care

The election of Donald Trump to the presidency will be the most consequential event for U.S. health care reform since the passage of the Affordable Care Act in 2010. Repealing Obamacare will be a top priority for the incoming administration and the Republican-controlled Congress. But there’s tremendous uncertainty on what might replace Obamacare as well as what options will be available for the 20 million newly insured who now benefit from exchange subsidies and the Medicaid expansion. When might premium subsidies and the individual mandate be repealed? How would high-risk pools, selling insurance across state lines, health savings accounts, and block grants change who receives health coverage, and at what cost? This webinar will discuss key ideas put forward in Republican proposals, how this political shift will change U.S. health care coverage, and what questions journalists should be asking as these dramatic changes unfold. We will be joined by MIT’s Jonathan Gruber, an architect of the Affordable Care Act; the Hoover Institution’s Lanhee Chen, a leading conservative commentator and policy advisor; and Jennifer Haberkorn, senior health care reporter for Politico.

WHEN: Tuesday, January 24, from 10-11 a.m. PT / 1-2 p.m. ET

TO REGISTER: Click here.

Our distinguished panel includes:

Lanhee J. Chen, Ph.D. is the David and Diane Steffy Research Fellow at the Hoover Institution; director of Domestic Policy Studies and a lecturer at Stanford Law School. His current research focuses on health policy, retirement security policy, campaigns and elections, and California policy and politics. In 2013, Chen was appointed by President Barack Obama and confirmed by the United States Senate to serve as a member of the Social Security Advisory Board. During the 2014 election cycle, he was the senior advisor on policy to the National Republican Senatorial Committee. Previously, Chen was the policy director for the Romney-Ryan 2012 presidential campaign, as well as Governor Romney’s chief policy adviser. In 2012, he was named one of Politico’s “50 Politicos to Watch.” In the Bush administration, Chen was a senior official at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Chen was also the Winnie Neubauer Visiting Fellow in Health Policy Studies at the Heritage Foundation. Chen currently serves on the board of trustees of the Junior Statesmen Foundation and on the advisory board of the Partnership for the Future of Medicare.

Chen earned his Ph.D. in political science from Harvard University, and his J.D. from Harvard Law School. He frequently provides policy and political commentary on television networks including Bloomberg, CNBC, CNN, FOX News, and MSNBC.

Jonathan Gruber, Ph.D. is the Ford Professor of Economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he has taught since 1992. He is also the director of the Health Care Program at the National Bureau of Economic Research, where he is a research associate, and president elect of the American Society of Health Economists. He is a member of the Institute of Medicine, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the National Academy of Social Insurance. He has published more than 150 research articles, has edited six research volumes, and is the author of Public Finance and Public Policy, a leading undergraduate text, and Health Care Reform, a graphic novel. In 2006 he received the American Society of Health Economists Inaugural Medal for the best health economist in the nation aged 40 and under.

From 2003-2006, Gruber was a key architect of Massachusetts’ ambitious health reform effort, and in 2006 became an inaugural member of the Health Connector Board, the main implementing body for that effort. During 2009-2010 he served as a technical consultant to the Obama Administration and worked with both the Administration and Congress to help craft the Affordable Care Act. In 2011 he was named “One of the Top 25 Most Innovative and Practical Thinkers of Our Time” by Slate Magazine. In 2006 and 2012, he was rated as one of the top 100 most powerful people in health care in the U.S. by Modern Healthcare Magazine.

Jennifer Haberkorn is a senior health care reporter for Politico and Politico Pro. She’s covered the Affordable Care Act since it was being debated in Congress in 2009. Since then, she has written about the law from Capitol Hill, the federal agencies, the courts and outside the Beltway. Before arriving at Politico, Haberkorn covered Congress and local business news for The Washington Times. A 2013 Center for Health Journalism National Fellow, her work has also appeared in Health Affairs and The New Republic. Haberkorn is a graduate of Marquette University, where she majored in journalism and served as editor of The Marquette Tribune.

Webinars are free and made possible by the National Institute for Health Care Management Foundation.

Suggested reading


After Obama, Some Health Reforms May Prove Lasting,” by Abby Goodnough and Robert Pear, The New York Times

Q&A with Lanhee Chen: “For Conservatives, It’s A New Day In Health Care,” by Jenny Gold, Kaiser Health News

G.O.P. Plans to Replace Health Care Law With ‘Universal Access’,” by Robert Pear and Thomas Kaplan, The New York Times 

Republicans could keep parts of Obamacare for up to four years,” by Jennifer Haberkorn, Politico

If you have employer-provided health insurance, an Obamacare repeal would affect you too,” by Lisa Schencker, Los Angeles Times

New coalition will push back on repeal of Obama health law,” by Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, AP

Why Republican health reform ideas are likely to fail,” by Christopher Koller, Politico

Trump’s tricky operation: Fixing Obamacare is far more delicate than it seems, writes the law's architect,” by Jonathan Gruber

What Does ‘Repeal And Replace’ Really Mean? No Easy Answers,” with Julie Rovner, Margot Sanger-Katz, Richard Lane, Mary Agnes Carey, Kaiser Health News

The Bigger Story, and Agenda, Behind GOP Changes to Obamacare, Medicare and Medicaid,” by Drew Altman, WSJ

Preexisting Conditions and Republican Plans to Replace Obamacare,” by Drew Altman, WSJ

Patching Obamacare at the state level,” by Nicholas Bagley, The Incidental Economist


JAMA Forum: Gearing Up for the Health Care Debate,” by David Culter, Harvard University

Improving Health and Health Care: An Agenda for Reform,” by Lanhee Chen et al., American Enterprise Institute (2015)

Why repealing the ACA before replacing it won’t work, and what might,” by Alice M. Rivlin, Loren Adler, and Stuart M Butler, Brookings

Implications of Partial Repeal of the ACA through Reconciliation,” Urban Institute

Key Medicaid Questions Post-Election,” Kaiser Family Foundation

Poll: After Election, Public Remains Sharply Divided on Affordable Care Act's Future,” by Kaiser Family Foundation

Massive Obamacare “Replacement Bill” Is Wrong Approach,” by Freedom Partners

Replacing the Affordable Care Act the Right Way,” by Brian Blase, Mercatus Center

Pre-existing Conditions and Medical Underwriting in the Individual Insurance Market Prior to the ACA,” by Gary Claxton et al., Kaiser Family Foundation


The election of Donald Trump will usher in massive changes to the U.S. health care system. What will “repeal and replace” really look like? Will 20 million lose insurance coverage or will Republicans avert such a disaster? This webinar will discuss key ideas in Republican proposals, how health coverage might change, and what questions journalists should be asking as these dramatic changes unfold. Find more info here.


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