James Capretta has spent more than two decades studying American health care policy. As an associate director at the White House's Office of Management and Budget from 2001 to 2004, he was responsible for all health care, Social Security and welfare issues. Earlier, he served as a senior health policy analyst at the U.S. Senate Budget Committee and at the U.S. House Committee on Ways and Means. Capretta is also concurrently a Senior Fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center. At AEI, he will be researching how to replace the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (best known as Obamacare) with a less expensive reform plan to provide effective and secure health insurance for working-age Americans and their families.
Senior Fellow, Ethics and Public Policy Center, 2013 -present
Fellow, Ethics and Public Policy Center, 2006 -2012
Editorial Board, Health Affairs, 2012- present
Advisory Board, National Institute for Health Care Management, 2011-present
Associate Director for Human Resource Programs, Office of Management and Budget, 2001-2004
Senior Analyst, U.S. Senate Budget Committee and U.S. House Ways and Means Committee, 1990 -2000
At this event, Paul Spitalnic, Medicare’s acting chief actuary, will explain the results of this year’s Medicare trustees report. A panel of experts will then discuss how developments in the health sector will affect Medicare’s long-term future.
Today, the American Enterprise Institute releases three major research papers on the future of Medicare. This project, developed with the support of the Robert Wood Johnson foundation, lays out a clear plan for comprehensive Medicare reform.
Given Medicare’s influence over all health costs, fixing the program should top the list of reform priorities. Real improvement will almost certainly require a more fundamental change than has been enacted to date: a market-based reform that corrects the flawed incentives that drive unnecessary spending in the current program.
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation asked scholars at the American Enterprise Institute to consider various approaches to reforming this "800-pound gorilla of American health care." The resulting series, “Preserving Medicare for future generations: market based approaches to reform,” includes three papers, each of which addresses a key question in Medicare reform.
The budget’s numbers betray a far different reality. Consistent with Obama’s prior budget submissions, this one embodies the president’s statist governing philosophy and his indifference to the urgent need for serious changes to the operations of the nation’s entitlement programs.