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Leverage the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program to drive reform
Te program should require paricipaing healh plans o reorm heir paymen anddelivery sysems—including a ransiion o alernaives o ee-or-service paymen.
Reduce the costs of defensive medicine
Under a “sae harbor,” physicians would be presumed o have no liabiliy or medicalmalpracice i hey adhere o evidence-based clinical pracice guidelines and use quali-ed healh inormaion echnology.
What the experts are saying
“Te Aordable Care Ac was he rs generaion o reorms o ackle cos growh.Tese ideas are he nex generaion. Tey provide a roadmap o make America morecompeiive in he global economy because as we lower healh care coss, we lower hecoss o hiring new workers.”
— Neera Tanden, J.D., President, Center for American Progress
“Ever rising healh care coss reduce middle-class amilies’ ake-home pay and hreaen America’s sanding in he world. Tese proposals would build on he healh reorm law o dramaically improve our healh care sysem. As Congress looks o cu he bud-ge—and healh care spending in paricular—hese proposals oer a roadmap ha canransorm he sysem and produce subsanial savings.”
— Ezekiel Emanuel, M.D., Ph.D., Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress
“Rising healh care coss pose a direc hrea o workers’ ake-home pay, he ederal budge, and sae governmen nances. Te key quesion is how we can coninue herecen deceleraion in healh coss. Tese ideas—rom expanding bundled paymens oan innovaive malpracice reorm—represen a promising approach o moving oward ahigher-value healh care sysem.”
— Peter Orszag, vice president, Citigroup, Inc.; former director, Office of Managementand Budget
“I is boh imporan and compleely easible o reduce healh care coss wihou any harm whasoever o paiens. Indeed, improvemen o care is by ar he bes sraegy ormaking care aordable. Tese ideas oer many helpul seps oward ha goal.”
— Donald Berwick, Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress and Harvard MedicalSchool; former administrator, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
“Tis se o proposals oers a real way orward, away rom he sale debaes ha haveconsumed so much o policymaking.”
— David Cutler, Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress; Otto Eckstein professorof applied economics, Harvard University