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DALLAS, TX, March 17 -‐ Health economist John C. Goodman will brief the speakers and sponsors at the opening reception of The 12th Annual World Health Care Congress, convening in Washington, D.C. on March 22-‐24th, 2015. Other speakers will include Newt Gingrich, Steve Forbes, Susan Dentzer, Gary Loveman (Caesar’s), Phil Roe (GOP Doctors Caucus) and Avik Roy. [MEDIA MAY ATTEND]
He will address “Six Problems That Won’t Go Away” in the Affordable Care Act (ObamaCare), the theme of Goodman’s new book, A Better Choice: Healthcare Solutions for America, published by the Independent Institute. Goodman will be available to sign copies of the book at the conference.
“No matter how the Supreme Court rules on the latest Obamacare case, there are severe problems that will not go away until the President and the Congress agree to act,” said Goodman. “The entire law was put together in a hurry by one party, with no input from the other party. However, fixing the problems will require Democrat’s and Republicans working together – in the way that Barack Obama envisioned when he ran for the presidency in 2008.”
Goodman describes the problems that require legislative action:
- A mandate that forces the private sector to buy health coverage whose costs will grow faster than our
- A system of arbitrary and (often unfair) subsidies that are wreaking havoc in industries that employ below-‐average wage workers.
- Perverse incentives for health plans that cause them to avoid the sick and attract the healthy, resulting in a “race to the bottom” in the ObamaCare
- Perverse incentives for the health insurance buyers, causing them to remain uninsured while healthy and to seek insurance once they get
- A tattered health care safety net that will have fewer resources to handle an expanded patient load.
- Cuts in Medicare that threatens access to care and quality of care for the elderly
About John C. Goodman
Dr. Goodman, an author, health economist, and Senior Fellow at The Independent Institute is considered the “Father of Health Savings Accounts” and serves as president of the Goodman Institute, a think tank that focuses on the areas of health care, taxes and entitlement reform. Goodman served as the founder and president of the Dallas-‐based National Center for Policy Analysis (NCPA) for 31 years, and regularly appears on television and radio news programs, including those on Fox News Channel, CNN, PBS, Fox Business Network and CNBC. His articles appear in The Wall Street Journal, Investor’s Business Daily, USA Today, Forbes, National Review, Health Affairs, Kaiser Health News and other national publications. Currently Goodman is working with members of Congress on an alternative to ObamaCare.
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