Across the country, state governments have been considering whether to expand Medicaid coverage as envisioned by the Affordable Care Act (ACA or "Obamacare"). To help break down what's at stake, a new video—based on a recent study by Mercatus Center scholar Charles Blahous—reviews the key factors states must consider in this complex decision.
On Monday, May 21st, e21 held an event: "Medicare Numbers Examined: Blahous and Bernstein Discuss the Fiscal Consequences of the Health Care Law, "an animated discussion between Jared Bernstein and Charles Blahous, author of the landmark study, "The Fiscal Consequences of the Affordable Care Act."
This panel addresses regulatory issues in three major policy areas:
Technology -- Is regulation necessary to ensure cybersecurity? What should we know about market responses to cyber threats before we select a course of action?
Health Care -- What is the market failure in health care? What roles do the federal and state governments have in finding solutions?
Financial Markets -- When does federal pre-emption produce bad outcomes in financial regulation? How to recognize a regulatory failure and what to do about it.
The health care bill of 2010 was said to provide two major benefits. First, the bill promised to find savings in the government's biggest health insurance program, Medicare, and use those savings to reduce the deficit. Second, the bill promised to expand health care coverage to uninsured Americans. Sounds pretty good, right? But how does the government propose to pay for both?