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
Supporters of Obamacare frequently contend that the health-care law is really just a version of a Republican reform plan. As they describe it, the law is built on consumer choice and competition among private insurers. What could be more Republican than that?
Medicare is badly in need of reform, of course, but real reform means moving away from the government’s counterproductive micromanagement of provider payments, not construction of yet another new government payment system that will inevitably distort the marketplace in ways no one can now predict
The Burr-Coburn-Hatch plan beats Obamacare on every metric that matters with the public — which means the plan is likely, over time, to have something like the opposite experience of Obamacare. The more people understand it and how it will work, the more they will like it.