Professor White on the Affordable Care Act, This Thursday

Thursday, April 3, 2014

4:15 p.m.

Public Affairs Center 002

The Missing Piece
in the Affordable Care Act

Sponsored by the Government Department

Professor Joseph White

Luxenburg Family Professor of Public Policy
Case Western Reserve University

Four years after its passage, the Affordable Care Act makes no credible promise to meet the goal that most voters most desired — which was not to expand coverage to the previously uninsured, but to reduce the out-of-pocket costs of paying for health insurance. Why did the Democrats pass legislation that was not explicitly designed to reduce health insurance costs? The answers involve interest group politics, regional divisions in the Democratic Party, and the politics of the health care policy community