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Health Care 101 Hill Briefings

The Galen Institute, The Heritage Foundation, and the American Enterprise Institute have joined together to provide a monthly series of health policy events for congressional staffers that will break down specific health policies and issues into a digestible format. You will leave our events with a clearer understanding of viable options on reform and how to move beyond the conflicts we face today.

Do you work on Capitol Hill? Request an invitation to the series and join us at our next briefing.

Past events in the series include:


The A, B, C’s and D of Medicare

September 12, 2011

Speakers

Joseph Antos, Ph.D.
Wilson H. Taylor Scholar in Heath Care and Retirement Policy, American Enterprise Institute

Grace-Marie Turner
President, Galen Institute

Moderator: Nina Owcharenko
Director, Center for Health Policy Studies, The Heritage Foundation

Resources

Joe Antos’s presentation on “The A, B, C’s of Medicare”

Grace-Marie Turner’s presentation on “The A-B-C (and D) of Medicare”

2011 Cost Sharing for Medicare Beneficiaries
by Joseph Antos, Ph.D.

A Mistaken Prognosis for Medicare
by Joseph Antos, Ph.D.


Who’s on First, What’s on Second: Understanding the Federal-State Medicaid Partnership

October 11, 2011

Speakers

James C. Capretta
Fellow, Ethics and Public Policy Center

Nina Owcharenko
Director, Center for Health Policy Studies, The Heritage Foundation

Moderator: Danielle Doane
Director, Government Studies, The Heritage Foundation

Resources

Nina Owcharenko’s presentation on Medicaid

Medicaid Reform: More than a Block Grant Is Needed
by Nina Owcharenko


Is Private Health Insurance Really Private Anymore?

November 14, 2011

Speaker

Thomas P. Miller, Esq.
Resident Fellow, American Enterprise Institute

Resources

Tom Miller’s presentation on “Saving Private Health Insurance”


How to Fix the Doc Fix

December 12, 2011

Speakers

Joseph Antos, Ph.D.
Wilson H. Taylor Scholar in Heath Care and Retirement Policy, American Enterprise Institute

Robert Moffit, Ph.D.
Senior Fellow, Center for Policy Innovation, The Heritage Foundation


How ObamaCare Tramples on Religious Liberty

February 14, 2012

Speakers

Kristina Arriaga
Executive Director, The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty

Charles A. Donovan
President, Charlotte Lozier Institute

Moderator: Jennifer Marshall
Director, Domestic Policy Studies, The Heritage Foundation

Resources

Obamacare, Religious Liberty, and Civil Society: What the Debate Is Really About
by Ryan Messmore, D.Phil.


ObamaCare and The Supreme Court

March 12, 2012

Speakers

Thomas P. Miller, Esq.
Resident Fellow, American Enterprise Institute

Robert Alt
Director, Rule of Law Programs and Senior Legal Fellow, The Heritage Foundation

Resources

The Obamacare Challenge: The Questions Before the Supreme Court and Their Portents for Congress
by Robert Alt and Edmund Haislmaier


Who gets to decide: Government or your doctor?

A briefing on comparative effectiveness research and the health law’s reach into medical decisions
May 14, 2012

Speakers

Robert Goldberg, Ph.D.
Co-Founder and Vice President, Center for Medicine in the Public Interest

Kathryn Nix
Policy Analyst, Center for Health Policy Studies, The Heritage Foundation

Resources

Comparative Effectiveness Research Under Obamacare: A Slippery Slope to Health Care Rationing
by Kathryn Nix

Fewer Drugs, Shorter Lives, Less Prosperity: The Impact of Comparative Effectiveness Research on Health and Wealth
by John Vernon, PhD, Robert Goldberg, PhD, Peter J. Pitts, and Joseph H. Golec, PhD


Uncovering PPACA’s Hidden Taxes

June 11, 2012

Speakers

Alex Brill
Research Fellow, American Enterprise Institute

Steve Entin
President and Executive Director, Institute for Research on the Economics of Taxation

Resources

Tax Hikes in PPACA and the Associated Reconciliation Act
by Steve Entin


The Court Has Spoken: How Will the Private Sector and States Respond?

July 9, 2012

Speakers

Douglas Holtz-Eakin
President, American Action Forum

Nina Owcharenko
Director, Center for Health Policy Studies, The Heritage Foundation

Resources

Labor Markets and Health Care Reform: New Results
by Douglas Holtz-Eakin and Cameron Smith

The Supreme Court’s Medicaid Decision: The Obamacare Mess Just Got Messier
by Nina Owcharenko

Here Are The New Taxes You’re Going To Pay To Pay For Obamacare…
by Henry Blodget

Health Reform Could Harm Medicaid Patients
by Edward Miller, MD


Setting the Record Straight on Medicare

September 10, 2012

Speakers

Robert Moffit, Ph.D.
Senior Fellow, Center for Policy Innovation, The Heritage Foundation

Joseph Antos, Ph.D.
Wilson H. Taylor Scholar in Heath Care and Retirement Policy, American Enterprise Institute

Moderator: Grace-Marie Turner
President, Galen Institute

Resources

Saving the American Dream: Comparing Medicare Reform Plans
by Robert Moffit, Ph.D.

Premium Support: Medicare’s Future and its Critics
by Robert Moffit, Ph.D.

Why Traditional Medicare Must (and Will) Be Reformed
by Robert Moffit, Ph.D. and Alyene Senger

Medicare 2035: Older, sicker, poorer
by Joseph Antos, Ph.D.

Bending the Cost Curve through Market-Based Incentives
by Joseph Antos, Ph.D., Mark V. Pauly, Ph.D., and Gail R. Wilensky, Ph.D.

Fixing Medicare
a PBS NewsHour interview with Joseph Antos, Ph.D.

Debunking Bill Clinton’s Medicare Claims
by Robert Moffit, Ph.D.

That Terrifying Medicare Voucher Threat
by Robert Moffit, Ph.D.


Hot Topics on the Campaign Trail

October 10, 2012

Speakers

Grace-Marie Turner
President, Galen Institute

Nina Owcharenko
Director, Center for Health Policy Studies, The Heritage Foundation

Resources

Senate GOP Will Use Reconciliation in Attempt to Repeal Obamacare
by Lachlan Markay

Don’t Expand Medicaid—One-Third of Doctors Are Already Opting Out of It
by Alyene Senger

Regarding exchange subsidies, see Sections 1401 and 1412 of PPACA


What to do when ObamaCare fails

February 4, 2013

Speakers

Tom Miller
Resident Fellow, American Enterprise Institute

James C. Capretta
Senior Fellow, Ethics and Public Policy Center

Nina Owcharenko
Director, Center for Health Policy Studies, The Heritage Foundation


Should States Expand Medicaid?

March 11, 2013

Speakers

Joseph Antos
Wilson H. Taylor Scholar in Health Care and Retirement Policy, American Enterprise Institute

Nina Owcharenko
Director, Center for Health Policy Studies, The Heritage Foundation


Budget Insights: Is entitlement reform now possible?

April 15, 2013

Speakers

James C. Capretta
Senior Fellow, Ethics and Public Policy Center

Joseph R. Antos
Wilson H. Taylor Scholar in Health Care and Retirement Policy, American Enterprise Institute


What the Affordable Care Act Means for Congress and Staff

May 6, 2013

Speakers

Dr. Robert Moffit
Senior Fellow, Center for Health Policy Studies

Walt Francis
Health Care Economist


ObamaCare and the IRS: What You Need to Know

June 3, 2013

Speakers

Chris Jacobs
Senior Health Care Policy Analyst, The Heritage Foundation

Ryan Ellis
Director of Tax Policy, Americans for Tax Reform

Resources

The Taxman Cometh: The IRS’s Role in Implementing Obamacare
by Chris Jacobs

The IRS and its 47 new powers to enforce ObamaCare
by Americans for Tax Reform

Full List of Obamacare Tax Hikes: Listed in order of effective date
by Americans for Tax Reform

Applying for ObamaCare: Still Not Simple
by Grace Marie Turner

The IRS, Obamacare, and You: The Government Is Coming for Your Health Insurance Records
by Chris Jacobs


ObamaCare and the Missing Jobs

July 8, 2013

Speakers

Diana Furchtgott-Roth
Senior Fellow, Manhattan Institute

Douglas Holtz-Eakin
President, American Action Forum

Resources

Primer: Employer Mandate
by Emily Egan, American Action Forum

Primer: Cadillac Tax: High Cost Plan Excise Tax
by Emily Egan, American Action Forum

Its Official: Administration Admits Obamacare is a Job-Killer
by Chris Jacobs, Heritage Foundation

Morning Bell: Obamacare’s Dirty Dozen Implementation Failures
by Chris Jacobs, Heritage Foundation


Obamacare Implementation: Delays, Deviations, Discrepancies, and Distortions

September 9, 2013

Speakers

Michael Cannon
Director of Health Policy Studies, Cato Institute

Chris Jacobs
Senior Policy Analyst, The Heritage Foundation


The Truth about ObamaCare’s Costs

November 4, 2013

Speakers

Avik Roy
Senior Fellow, Manhattan Institute

Drew Gonshorowski
Policy Analyst, Simulations – Center for Data Analysis, The Heritage Foundation

Yevgeniy Feyman
Fellow, Manhattan Institute

Resources

ObamaCare: Know Your Rates
by The Manhattan Institute

How Will You Fare in the Obamacare Exchanges?
by Drew Gonshorowski


ObamaCare’s Lost Coverage

December 2, 2013

Speakers

Joseph Antos
Wilson H. Taylor Scholar in Health Care and Retirement Policy, American Enterprise Institute

Ed Haislmaier
Senior Research Fellow, The Heritage Foundation


ObamaCare Today

February 3, 2014

Speakers

Joseph Antos
Wilson H. Taylor Scholar in Health Care and Retirement Policy, American Enterprise Institute

Nina Owcharenko
Director of Health Policy Studies, The Heritage Foundation

Grace-Marie Turner
President, Galen Institute

Resources

A Refresher on the ACA
by Grace-Marie Turner


ObamaCare and Jobs

March 3, 2014

Speakers

Joseph Antos
Wilson H. Taylor Scholar in Health Care and Retirement Policy, American Enterprise Institute

James Sherk
Senior Policy Analyst in Labor Economics, The Heritage Foundation


Challenging ObamaCare in the Courts

April 7, 2014

Speakers

Thomas Miller
Resident Fellow, American Enterprise Institute

Matt Bowman
Senior Legal Counsel, Alliance for Defending Freedom


ObamaCare and Immigration: Two Volatile Issues Converge

May 5, 2014

Speakers

Steve Camarota
Director of Research
Center for Immigration Studies

Douglas Holtz-Eakin
President
American Action Forum

Keith Fontenot
Visiting Scholar, Economic Studies
Engelberg Center for Health Care Reform

Jessica M. Vaughan
Director of Policy Studies
Center for Immigration Studies


ObamaCare: Will Premiums Skyrocket and Enrollment Falter in 2015?

June 2, 2014

Speakers

Joseph Antos
Wilson H. Taylor Scholar in Health Care and Retirement Policy
American Enterprise Institute

Stephen Parente
Professor of Health Finance
University of Minnesota


ObamaCare in Court: Subsidies and Religious Freedom

July 14, 2014

Speakers

Featuring:
Thomas P. Miller, Esq.
Resident Scholar
American Enterprise Institute

Adèle Auxier Keim, Esq.
Counsel
Becket Fund for Religious Liberty

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Free-Market Alternatives to ObamaCare

December 6, 2014

Speakers

Featuring:
Rep. Tom Price, M.D., R-Georgia
Chairman-elect, House
Budget Committee

Rep. Michael Burgess, M.D., R-Texas
Vice Chair on the Energy
and Commerce Subcommittee on Health