Christopher J. Conover is a Research Scholar in the Center for Health Policy & Inequalities Research at Duke University, an adjunct scholar at AEI, and a Mercatus-affiliated senior scholar. He has taught in the Terry Sanford Institute of Public Policy, the Duke School of Medicine and the Fuqua School of Business at Duke. His research interests are in the area of health regulation and state health policy, with a focus on issues related to health care for the medically indigent (including the uninsured), and estimating the magnitude of the social burden of illness. He is the recent author of The American Health Economy Illustrated and is a Forbes contributor at The Health Policy Skeptic.
Ph.D., M.Phil., policy analysis, Pardee RAND Graduate School Master of Arts in Political Science, University of Minnesota Master of Philosophy in Policy Analysis, RAND Graduate Institute B.A., Franklin & Marshall College, 1972
Where is Obamacare headed? I tried to answer that question in a talk today at an advanced research seminar on Healthcare and the Regulatory State sponsored by the Institute for Humane Studies and Mercatus Center.
As President Truman’s legendary Oval Office desk sign reminds us, “The buck stops here” when it comes to presidential leadership. So whether President Obama likes it or not, the public and historians are likely to base their assessment of his performance on how well his “signature piece of domestic legislation” was implemented.
Let’s focus on the 3.8 million Americans that the RAND Corporation estimates will become newly uninsured as a result of this law. While there arguably are tens of millions of other losers created by this ill-conceived law, these 3.8 million arguably are its biggest losers.
Anyone with a conscience should be offended by the greatest generational theft ever witnessed in the history of the world. Young Americans—especially the Millennial generation born between 1977 and 1995—are the biggest losers in this battle, but it will adversely affect their children and grandchildren to boot.
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His superlative record of achievement makes it doubly tragic that David Cutler now is deploying his talents to perpetuate one of the president’s greatest falsehoods regarding Obamacare: the claim that it would save the average family $2,500 a year in premiums.
Former senior advisor to President Obama, David Axelrod said earlier this week that “the vast majority of people in this country are keeping their plan.” But the sad reality is that David Axelrod himself also is dead wrong: it’s more accurate to say that the president’s pledge will be shattered for a solid majority of Americans with private health insurance coverage.