Health Care Bootcamp: Understanding the U.S. Health Care System

Feb 19, 2016Feb 20, 2016
Capitol Visitors Center 201 A & B - Located at 1st Street SE & East Capitol Street NE.

Event Speakers

Brian Blase

Former Senior Research Fellow

The Affordable Care Act fundamentally changed the landscape of the U.S. health care system. With more than five years since the law’s passage, questions remain about how to fix a system that remains broken despite recent reform efforts. Did the Affordable Care Act adequately reform a failing health system, or did that prescription only treat the symptoms of a much larger illness?

The Mercatus Center at George Mason University invites you to join Brian Blase, Senior Research Fellow at the Mercatus Center, columnist Megan McArdle, and journalist Margot Sanger-Katz for an update on the current situation followed by more detailed discussions on reforms to Medicaid and how to promote innovation in health technologies.

Program Agenda

8:45 am – 9:20 am
Registration (coffee and light breakfast served)

9:20 am – 9:30 am
Introduction and Welcome
Karen Czarnecki, Senior Director for Outreach, Mercatus Center

9:30 am – 10: 30 am
Keynote Panel
Moderator: Brian Blase, Senior Research Fellow, Mercatus Center
Megan McArdle, Columnist, Bloomberg View
Margot Sanger-Katz, Health Care Correspondent, The Upshot, The New York Times

10:30 am – 10:40 am
Transition to breakout sessions

10:40 am – 11:50 am
Breakout Sessions
1. Opportunities for Innovation in Health Care
2. An Overview of Medicaid and Ideas for Reform

11:50 am – 12:00 pm
Closing Remarks

Space is limited. Please register online for this event.

This event is free and open to all congressional and federal agency staff. Lunch will be provided. Due to space constraints, this event is not open to interns. Questions? Please contact Jennifer Campbell at