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Inside Deficit Reduction: What Now?

Friday, December 02, 2011

The Budget Control Act of 2011 tasked six senators and six representatives, from both sides of the aisle, to find at least $1.2 trillion in deficit reduction over the next decade. After weeks of deliberation, members of the “Super Committee” did not reach an agreement by the November 23 deadline. As a result, automatic spending cuts to defense and social welfare programs are set to kick in beginning in January 2013, leaving many questions about the short-term and long-term consequences of the committee’s failed negotiations.

How will Congress and the executive branch react, especially in the context of a Presidential election campaign? What impact will a sequester have on the health care sector? Is Congress likely to devise alternatives by 2013, given such vast differences among lawmakers? How will implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act be affected? Are there longer-term steps to consider to rein in health care costs in both public and private sectors?

To address these questions and more, the Alliance for Health Reform and four cosponsors  presented a December 2 briefing. Panelists were: Katherine Hayes, George Washington University; Stuart Butler, The Heritage Foundation; Len Nichols, George Mason University; Sheila Burke, Harvard University; and Dan Mendelson, Avalere Health. Ed Howard of the Alliance moderated.

Along with the Alliance, cosponsoring the event were The Commonwealth Fund, the Kaiser Family Foundation, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and The SCAN Foundation. This was the final briefing in our four-briefing series on the deficit reduction process. Previous briefings provided an overview to the process, and considered potential impacts on Medicare and Medicaid.


 Sheila Burke, Harvard University, Speaker
 Stuart Butler, The Heritage Foundation, Speaker
 Katherine Hayes, George Washington University, Speaker
 Dan Mendelson, Avalere Health, Speaker
 Len Nichols, George Mason University, Speaker
(Click on the camera icon to see a video of the speaker's presentation.)

Transcript, Event Summary and/or Webcast and Podcast

Transcript: Transcript (Adobe Acrobat PDF), 12/2/2011
Event Summary: Event Summary (Adobe Acrobat PDF), 12/2/2011
Full Webcast/Podcast: Inside Deficit Reduction: What Now?

The full webcast and podcast for this briefing, as well as videos of individual speakers' presentations, are provided by Kaiser Family Foundation.

Speaker Presentations

Hayes Presentation (PowerPoint), 12/2/2011

(If you want to download one or more slides from these presentations, contact us at info@allhealth or click here for instructions.)

Source Materials

Materials List (Adobe Acrobat PDF), Alliance for Health Reform, 12/2/2011
Speaker Bios (Adobe Acrobat PDF), Alliance for Health Reform, 12/2/2011
Agenda (Adobe Acrobat PDF), Alliance for Health Reform, 12/2/2011
Source List (Adobe Acrobat PDF), Alliance for Health Reform, 12/2/2011
Event Summary (Adobe Acrobat PDF), Alliance for Health Reform, 12/2/2011

Offsite Materials (briefing documents saved on other websites)

Health-care costs are driving people into poverty, The Washington Post, 11/18/2011
- Altman, Drew and Larry Levitt
How the Debt Deal Will Really Work, American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research, 8/18/2011
- Antos, Joseph
The Budget Control Act and the Impact of Sequestration on the Healthcare Industry (Adobe Acrobat PDF),Avalere Health, LLC, 11/30/2011
How to Think About Medicare Reform, The Heritage Foundation, 7/26/2011
- Butler, Stuart
If Health Spending Controls Fail, What Are the Options?, The Heritage Foundation, 7/26/2011
- Butler, Stuart
Super Committee Post-Mortem: Health Care Policy Is Central To Partisan Budget Divide, Health Affairs Blog, 11/23/2011
- Capretta, James C.
Supercommittee Failure Could Hurt State Budgets, The Fiscal Times, 11/25/2011
- Davis, Aaron C. and Lauren Vozzella
The Welfare Reform Model for Medicaid, The Wall Street Journal, 4/13/2011
- Ferrara, Peter and Phil Kerpen
Health Policy Brief: Medicare Payments to Physicians, Health Affairs, 11/3/2011
Kaiser Family Foundation Resources on Deficit-Reduction Plans, Kaiser Family Foundation, 11/17/2011
How the Potential Across-the-Board Cuts in the Debt Limit Deal Would Occur, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, 8/8/2011
- Kogan, Richard
Medicaid and the Budget Control Act: What Options Will Be Considered? (Adobe Acrobat PDF),Kaiser Family Foundation, 9/30/2011
Medicare 2% Sequestration – CAH Impact (Adobe Acrobat PDF),National Rural Health Association, 1/1/2011
Medicare Spending and Financing (Adobe Acrobat PDF),Kaiser Family Foundation, 9/30/2011
Obamacare and the Independent Payment Advisory Board: Falling Short of Real Medicare Reform, The Heritage Foundation, 1/19/2011
- Moffit, Robert E.
Last chance for Medicare, Medicaid reform? Nope, Politico, 11/22/2011
- Nather, David
Projecting Income and Assets: What Might the Future Hold for the Next Generation of Medicare Beneficiaries? (Adobe Acrobat PDF),Kaiser Family Foundation, 6/30/2011
A Better Way to Approach Medicare’s Impossible Task, Health Affairs Blog, 11/15/2011
- Saving, Thomas and John Goodman
Health-care groups laying groundwork for post-election debate over cost cuts, The Washington Post, 11/20/2011
- Serafini, Marilyn Werber and Mary Agnes Carey
Health Programs Facing Cutbacks After Super Committee’s Failure, Kaiser Health News, 11/21/2011
- Serafini, Marilyn Werber and Mary Agnes Carey
Bending the Health Care Cost Curve: Focusing Only on Federal Budget Outlays Won’t Solve the Problem, The Commonwealth Fund, 1/28/2011
- Davis, Karen, Cathy Schoen, and Stuart Guterman
Health Care Opinion Leaders’ Views on Health Spending and Reform Implementation, The Commonwealth Fund, 11/30/2011
- Stremikis, Kristof, Stuart Guterman, Sara R. Collins, and Karen Davis


Katherine Hayes of George Washington University explains how federal spending cuts will be carried out after the failure of the "super committee" to agree a way to reduce the deficit. From the Dec. 2 deficit reduction briefing sponsored by the Alliance, The Commonwealth Fund, the Kaiser Family Foundation, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and The SCAN Foundation. (13 min.)

Dan Mendelson, CEO and founder of Avalere Health, explains why he thinks Congress will not allow sequestration of federal funds in the aftermath of the "super committee" deadlock. From the Dec. 2 briefing sponsored by the Alliance, The Commonwealth Fund, the Kaiser Family Foundation, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and The SCAN Foundation. (6 min.)


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