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Jim Capretta: Testimony Before the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee May 18, 2012

James C. Capretta, fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center, testified before the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee on May 16 at a hearing on “Identifying Opportunities for Health Care Delivery System Reform: Lessons from the Front Line.” Jim’s testimony expands on these three points:

“1. The source of many of our problems in health care delivery is the dominant Medicare fee-for-service (FFS) program. It will be nearly impossible to move to a high-value, low-cost delivery system if Medicare FFS continues to operate as it does today.

“2. The 2010 health care law’s efforts at “delivery system reform” — most of which fall within Medicare — are very unlikely to be the solution people are hoping for because the federal government is not good at fostering a high-value, low-cost provider network.

“3. A more reliable approach to higher-quality and lower-cost patient care is strong competition in a functioning marketplace.”

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