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DALLAS, TX, March 18 -‐ Billed as “The Great Debate,” John Goodman and Len Nichols will square off at a major health care conference in San Antonio on Thursday. Nichols worked on HillaryCare and has advised Democrats in Congress and many Democratic candidates over the past 25 years. Goodman is considered the “Father of Health Savings Accounts” and often advises Republicans.
What are the worst problems with the Affordable Care Act? Can they be fixed or do we need a wholesale repeal and replace? Can Democrats and Republicans agree on how to go forward? These are questions the two speakers will be asked to answer.
The debate will take place at 12:15 pm at the Marriott Rivercenter Hotel, located at 101 Bowie Street, San Antonio, TX 78205, as part of the 20th annual meeting of the Independent Physicians Association of America.
In his new book, A Better Choice, Goodman says both Democrats and Republicans will need to cooperate to find solutions for six major problems that will 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 and the
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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