WASHINGTON, March 8, 2011 — As the landmark 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act approaches its first anniversary, its cost, impact, and constitutionality are being hotly debated. Noting the rising cost for health insurance and the fiscal pressure health care reform has already placed on an overburdened federal budget, the Ranking Republican on the Senate Committee on Finance, Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT), will lay out his vision for meaningful reform of the American health care system in an address at Hudson Institute.
Sen. Hatch will argue that, by empowering States to act as fifty laboratories of democracy, a decentralized reform effort can better address the particular health care needs of states and local communities. States had already made progress on coverage and affordability before the regulatory straitjacket of Washington-centric “reform” impaired further efforts. In fact, Hatch argues, state-driven efforts worked well in the highly successful welfare reform of the 1990s, and will work again to bring down skyrocketing health care costs and reform unsustainable entitlement programs such as Medicaid.
Hudson Institute CEO Kenneth Weinstein will introduce Sen. Hatch. The question and answer session will be moderated by Hudson Senior Fellow Tevi Troy, the former Deputy Secretary of Health and Human Services.
What: Hudson Institute Panel on “Getting Health Care Right”
When: March 11, 2011, 12:00 1:30 P.M. (Complimentary lunch will be served)
Who: Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT)
Tevi Troy, Hudson Institute Senior Fellow (Moderator)
Kenneth Weinstein, Hudson Institute CEO (Introduction)
Where: Hudson Institute (www.hudson.org)
Betsy and Walter Stern Conference Center
1015 15th Street, NW, Sixth Floor
Washington, D.C. 20005
Online Streaming: www.hudson.org/WatchLive
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