Ethics & Public Policy Center

Are the Current Health Reform Bills Fair?



On December 4, 2009, EPPC Fellow James C. Capretta participated in a panel discussion at the American Enterprise Institute entitled, “Are the Current Health Reform Bills Fair?” The session focused on the financial burden certain segments of the population would face if the health-care bills under development in Congress were enacted into law. Mr. Capretta focused his remarks on the large differences in governmental subsidies that would be provided to people inside and outside of the so-called “exchanges.” Low and moderate wage families who have no choice but to sign up with job-based coverage would get much less assistance — in some cases $7,000 less — than families with identical incomes but with access to the additional subsidization offered for insurance in the exchanges.

Video and audio of the event are available online.

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