Super Session: Beyond the Rhetoric: Tradeoffs of Different Approaches to Reforming U.S. Health Care

Friday, November 8, 2019: 3:15 PM-4:45 PM
Plaza Building: Concourse Level, Plaza Ballroom A & B (Sheraton Denver Downtown)

*Names in bold indicate Presenter

Moderator:  Kevin N. Patterson, Connect for Health Colorado
Speakers:  Linda Blumberg, Urban Institute, Karen Pollitz, Kaiser Family Foundation and Rodney Whitlock, McDermott+ Consulting

Health reform policy debates seem to be driven by buzz words and talking points, disguising the actual ways in which the options differ and relate to one another. What are the core differences between so-called “market-based” approaches and those expanding or enhancing existing government programs? How does a public option relate to single payer/Medicare-for-All options? What are the central design decisions that need to be made for any of them, and what are their implications for coverage and costs? This session brings together analysts with a diversity of perspectives and expertise to cut through the noise and highlight the tradeoffs of the policy options being advocated for in the public sphere.

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