Mr. Antos's research focuses on the economics of health policy—including Medicare and broader health system reform, health care financing, health insurance regulation, and the uninsured—and federal budget policy. He has written and spoken extensively on the Medicare drug benefit and has led a team of experienced independent actuaries and cost estimators in a study to evaluate various proposals to extend health coverage to the uninsured. His work on the country’s budget crisis includes a detailed plan to achieve fiscal stability and economic growth developed in conjunction with AEI colleagues.
Joseph Antos is also a health adviser to the Congressional Budget Office and recently completed two terms as a commissioner of the Maryland Health Services Cost Review Commission. Before joining AEI, Mr. Antos was Assistant Director for Health and Human Resources at the Congressional Budget Office and held senior positions in the U.S.Department of Health and Human Services, the Office of Management and Budget, and the President’s Council of economic Advisers.
The president’s fix is too little too late. Complaints are coming from families living on tight budgets who have just discovered that they will pay more so that others can receive a subsidy. That is a hard truth that will not change by delaying the higher cost a year.
The ACA will not be the success its supporters want it to be. It will also not be the disaster its opponents think it will be. It will cause permanent changes—some good, some bad—in the way health insurance is purchased in this country.