Rising costs and demand for better access to quality care are fueling calls to change the U.S. health-care system. On the campaign trail, Donald Trump pledged to repeal the Affordable Care Act but has since said he may keep some of the law’s provisions. As the U.S. awaits the Trump administration and the 115th Republican-led Congress, The Washington Post discussed the future of health care with government leaders, health-care experts and patient advocates.
Program Highlights
Members of Congress have discussed a “repeal and delay” procedure to amend Obamacare. Asked how he would tackle the issue at a Washington Post Health Care Look Ahead event, Sen. Bill Cassidy, (R-La.) laid out three guiding principles. First, he argued “everyone should be insured.” Second, he said everyone should have the option to keep their current insurance. Third, he said more power should be moved “to the individual and to the state.”
    Speaking at The Washington Post on Monday, Project HOPE Senior Fellow and former health care advisor to President George H.W. Bush Gail Wilensky said it is unlikely that an additional 20 million people would be uninsured in a new Obamacare replacement plan. “We do have 20 million people, most of whom are on Medicaid, not in the exchanges," Wilensky said. "But there’s no member of Congress, Republican or Democrat, who’s going to want to go out and face an election in 2018 with 20 million plus individuals newly uninsured who had been insured, “ she said. “It’s just not going to happen."
      Speaking at The Washington Post on Monday, Acting CMS Administrator Andy Slavitt said the agency was having its best day of open enrollment ever. “The demand has been very high,” Slavitt said.
        GSK's Caroline De Marco delivers sponsor remarks at The Washington Post's A Look Ahead Health Care event.
          Opening Remarks
          Kris Coratti
          Vice President of Communications and Events, The Washington Post
          Kris Coratti is the Vice President of Communications and Events for The Washington Post. She is responsible for developing and managing The Post’s communications strategy in addition to overseeing conferences and events.
          SPONSOR: Caroline De Marco
          Vice President, Regional Accounts, GSK
          Caroline De Marco is the vice president for regional accounts at GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), a position she has held since 2010. In this role, she is responsible for ensuring patient access and reimbursement coverage for GSK’s pharmaceuticals, vaccines and specialty medicines among regional payers and integrated health system customers, including Kaiser.
          3:35 p.m. Health care challenges facing the 115th Congress
          Sen. William Cassidy
          Dr. Bill Cassidy is the United States Senator for Louisiana. Bill grew up in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and attended Louisiana State University (LSU) for undergraduate and Medical School. n 2014, he was elected to the U.S. Senate. He serves on the Health Education Labor & Pensions (HELP), Energy and Natural Resources, Appropriations, Veterans Affairs and Joint Economic Committees.
          Moderated by Marc Fisher
          Senior Editor, The Washington Post
          Marc Fisher, a Senior Editor of The Washington Post, reports and writes on a wide range of topics. He recently completed two years as The Post’s Enterprise Editor for local news, leading a team of writers creating narrative journalism and experimenting with new forms of storytelling for web and print editions of the newspaper.
          4:00 p.m. After Obamacare
          Gail Wilensky
          Senior fellow, Project HOPE, former health care advisor to President George H.W. Bush
          Gail Wilensky is an economist and senior fellow at Project HOPE, an international health foundation. She directed the Medicare and Medicaid programs from 1990 to 1992 and served in the White House as a senior health and welfare adviser to President GHW Bush. Dr. Wilensky currently serves as a trustee of the Combined Benefits Fund of the United Mine Workers of America and the National Opinion Research Center, is on the Board of Regents of the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USUHS) and the Geisinger Health System Foundation. She also served as president of the Defense Health Board, a Federal advisory to the Secretary of Defense, was a commissioner on the World Health Organization’s Commission on the Social Determinants of Health and co-chaired the Dept. of Defense Task Force on the Future of Military Health Care.
          Ron Pollack
          Executive director, Families USA
          As a small business woman, author, mother, grandmother, and Member of Congress, Marsha Blackburn has dedicated her service to making America a more prosperous place to live. Whether it is was leading the fight to defeat the proposed state income tax during her time in the Tennessee State Senate or her efforts in Congress to restore fiscal responsibility, Marsha has fought tirelessly for the principles and values that unite conservatives. Representing Tennessee’s 7th District, Marsha continues to advocate for a small, efficient federal government that is accountable to its citizens.
          Grace-Marie Turner
          President, Galen Institute
          Grace-Marie Turner is president of the Galen Institute, a public policy research organization that she founded in 1995 to promote an informed debate over free-market ideas for health reform. She has been instrumental in developing and promoting ideas for reform to transfer power over health care decisions to doctors and patients. She speaks and writes extensively about incentives to promote a more competitive, patient-centered marketplace in the health sector.
          Moderated by Amy Goldstein
          The Washington Post
          Amy Goldstein has been a staff writer at The Washington Post for more than a quarter-century. She currently covers health care, focusing on the 2010 federal law reshaping the U.S. health care system.
          4:30 p.m. Obama's health care legacy
          Andy Slavitt
          Acting Administrator, Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services
          Andy Slavitt is the Acting Administrator for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). A leader with decades of experience, Andy has shaped and delivered important health care services and programs for millions of consumers. As Acting Administrator, Slavitt oversees programs that provide access to quality health care for 140 million Americans, including Medicaid, Medicare, the Children’s Health Insurance Program, and the Health Insurance Marketplace. Slavitt and the CMS team are focused on improving quality, health outcomes, access and affordability while addressing health equity and protecting program integrity, including combating health care fraud.
          Interviewed by Karen Tumulty
          National Political Correspondent, The Washington Post
          Karen Tumulty is a national political correspondent for The Washington Post, where she received the 2013 Toner Prize for Excellence in Political Reporting. She joined the Post in 2010 from TIME Magazine, where she had held the same title. During her more than 15 years at TIME, Tumulty wrote or co-wrote more than three dozen cover stories. She also held positions with TIME as congressional correspondent and White House correspondent. Before joining TIME in 1994, Tumulty spent 14 years at the Los Angeles Times, where she covered a wide variety of beats. During her time there, she reported on Congress, business, energy and economics out of Los Angeles, New York and Washington.
          Program Highlights from 2016 Chasing Cancer Summit
          Program Highlights from September's Transformers Medicine Program
          National Institutes of Health Director Dr. Francis Collins told The Post’s Lenny Bernstein the Administration “ran out of money” to fund Zika vaccine trials and that funding Zika research has impacted other disease funding, including cancer and Alzheimer’s research. "If we have no money we can't keep running the trial," Collins said.
          Former White House Chief Technology Officer Aneesh Chopra said Wednesday that there’s an “mismatch” when it comes to patient data standards among the private sector and that the federal government should play a role in closing those loopholes. “We don’t have common standards to give patients their own data and to share it with whoever they want,” Chopra said. “The U.S. model is that the private sector is supposed to step up and sort through all these thorny, inner operability standards issues. During my tenure for President Obama we clarified that there are often gaps and when there are gaps the federal government can convene and call the industry to action.”
          Johns Hopkins University engineer Michael McLoughlin told The Washington Post Wednesday that advancements in technologies should force us to rethink the definition of what is considered a disability in today’s society. “In the prosthetics world, we’ve seen people argue about whether or not somebody with a prosthetic leg has an unfair advantage over somebody that’s able-bodied,” McLoughlin said. “Just imagine when we are able to actually communicate via the brain. Somebody that has a disability may be far more superior than any of us.”
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