Highlights: April 2012

Opening a new chapter: After the Supreme Court heard arguments about ObamaCare, the conversation has shifted quite dramatically to making plans for the next chapter in the health reform debate. Whether the court strikes down ALL (we are praying) or PART (we are hopeful) of the law, ObamaCare simply can’t work, will harm access to health care, and will absolutely demolish any chance of getting the federal budget deficit under control. The majority of our energies are focused on the next chapter in the debate. And we are making plans for our big annual conference on the Value of Innovation in Health Care on May 9. Please join us if you can, and read on for highlights of the very busy month of April.

Publications

Why the (Un)Affordable Care Act Should Be Repealed and Replaced,” by Tom Miller, Jim Capretta, and Grace-Marie Turner – all co-authors of Why ObamaCare Is Wrong for America, is being published in the May issue of The American Journal of Medicine and is now available on the AJM website.

The Washington Times published Grace-Marie’s commentary on Medicaid reform, “What’s next? Step One after ObamaCare.”

Grace-Marie posted two commentaries to her Health Matters column on Forbes:ObamaCare: A Dozen (More) Damaging Disclosures,” and “ObamaCare Is the Embodiment of Fiscal Disaster,” which also was featured on RealClearPolitics and shared on Twitter by Speaker Boehner.

Grace-Marie’s commentary arguing that the health reform law is unconstitutional has been published in more than 28 newspapers, including the Vancouver Columbian and Arizona Daily Sun.

RealClearMarkets published Grace-Marie’s commentary on “Needed: A Real Market For Health Insurance.”

Our commentary on “Holder Repeats Veiled Threat to Court,” was featured in National Review Online: The Corner.

We also posted three commentaries to the Galen Institute blog: “When would it ever stop?” “Status quo is sending Medicare over the cliff,” and “HSAs also work for lower income individuals.”

Speeches

Grace-Marie hosted two panels at the Association of Private Enterprise Education International Conference in Las Vegas: “The Challenge of Protecting Liberty in Health Care: The Supreme Court Ruling on the Health Law,” and “The Role of Health Reform in the 2012 Political Debate.”

Grace-Marie spoke about “Health Reform: What it means. What’s next?” to physicians at the Georgetown University Hospital.

Rep. Michael Burgess invited Grace-Marie to speak to business owners and elected officials from Texas at an event he hosted for members of the Denton County Chambers of Commerce.

Grace-Marie gave a presentation on the future of health reform and the impact on insurance brokers and benefits specialists at the Kentucky Association of Health Underwriters 11th Annual Convention in Louisville.

Grace-Marie spoke to physicians at a special meeting of Docs 4 Patient Care about the Supreme Court arguments about ObamaCare and the impact of the law on physician practices and the doctor-patient relationship.

Galen In the News

Grace-Marie was interviewed on several nationally syndicated radio programs including The G. Gordon Liddy Show, Dateline Washington, The George Jarkesy Show, and America’s Healthcare Advocate Show.

Galen’s work was cited in more than a dozen articles in April, including:

Events & Meetings

Attorney Dean Reuter was our keynote speaker on the April State Leaders Call, jointly hosted by the Galen Institute, Institute for Policy Innovation, and State Policy Network. Dean talked to the group about the Supreme Court arguments on Medicaid expansion.

Grace-Marie participated in a roundtable dinner hosted by The Atlantic and the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation to discuss the emergence of “big data” as a pivotal concept in health care.

Grace-Marie attended the American Principles Project and Susan B. Anthony List event for Jeffrey Bell’s new book, “The Case for Polarized Politics: Why America Needs Social Conservatism.”

We also participated in dozens of meetings and briefings in April with Members of Congress and their top advisors, health industry executives, reform advocates, and policy experts.