Robert Graboyes

Robert Graboyes

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Robert Graboyes is a senior research fellow at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University. He specializes in the economics of healthcare.

Previously, he was a sub-Saharan Africa economist at Chase Manhattan Bank, a regional economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond, and an economics professor at the University of Richmond. Twice he was a visiting health care scholar in the Republic of Kazakhstan. He has chaired the National Economists Club and the Healthcare Roundtable of the National Association for Business Economics.

Graboyes earned his PhD in economics from Columbia University and has a MSHA from Virginia Commonwealth University, MPhil from Columbia University, and a MA in government from the College of William and Mary. An award winning teacher, he holds teaching positions at Virginia Commonwealth University, and the University of Virginia.

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Jun 25, 2015

The ACA is a massive law, written and passed in haste. Such procedural shortcuts yield unintended consequences and pose unanticipated risks to the American people. The real lesson of King v. Burwell is that transformative legislation should never be written or passed in extreme haste, nor imposed by a single party. Ignoring those principles assures that the Affordable Care Act will remain bitterly contentious and subject to additional litigation for years to come.
Jun 09, 2015

For over a century, we've regarded health care as qualitatively different from other goods and services – an economic Oz, where the normal rules of nature don't apply. In doing so, we waste resources, keep prices artificially high and delay life-saving and life-improving technologies. But this will soon pass.
Apr 30, 2015

For a detailed perspective on the latest case, OUTLOOK turned to health care policy expert Robert Graboyes, a scholar at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University in Arlington, Virginia.
Mar 12, 2015

Regulation as we think of it is an artifice of the 20th century (plus a few years on either end). It’s a hub-and-spoke mechanism, with data conveyed from all over into a centralized machine, processed and analyzed there, and shipped outward, along with some mandates. Our idea of regulation was designed in an era when economically important things fell into one or more of the following buckets: big, heavy, visible, expensive, and traceable.

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Robert Graboyes | March 24, 2015
For the 5th anniversary of the passing of the Affordable Care Act, Mercatus Center health policy scholar Robert Graboyes analyzes the impact of this legislation. He argues that partisan fighting over health insurance fails to address the real need in America’s healthcare system: providing lower-cost healthcare for more people sustainably.
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