A New Era of Reform: Health Care Policy Solutions for 2017 and Beyond

May 10, 2016
Cannon Caucus Room

Event Speakers

Brian Blase

Former Senior Research Fellow

Jason J. Fichtner

Former Senior Research Fellow

America's largest health entitlements are laden with perverse incentives that drive poor outcomes for recipients and taxpayers, alike. Addressing these unsustainable programs will be one of the greatest challenges for the next administration, Congress, and state governments.

 Please join the Mercatus Center at George Mason University for a discussion of policy reform options to deliver better health for more people, at lower cost, year after year. The two panels will focus on the following:

  • What are the key health policy challenges of 2017 and beyond?
  • How does federal policy distort the health care market, and what can be done?
  • How can Washington best work with states to improve health care programs?
  • What would successful health care reform achieve? What are its key components?


Keynote Presentation
Senator John Barrasso (R-WY)

2017 Agenda for State Health Care Reform

Lieutenant Governor Jeff Colyer, State of Kansas  
Toby Douglas, Centene
Congressman Brett Guthrie (R-KY)

Brian Blase, Mercatus Center at George Mason University

2017 Health Care Agenda for New Congress and Administration

Loren Adler, The Brookings Institution 
Michael Cannon, Cato Institute 
James C. Capretta, Ethics and Public Policy Center

Jason Fichtner, Mercatus Center at George Mason University

Click to download agenda

Our speakers and panelists will address questions such as:

  • What have we learned from the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, particularly the Medicaid expansion and the exchanges?
  • Are there techniques for combating special interest groups that benefit from the status quo?
  • What actions can states take to improve health policy? What assistance do they need from the federal government?
  • What are the key health policy challenges for the next president and Congress?
  • What are the prospects for replacing or changing the Affordable Care Act? What are the key problems with the ACA that need to be addressed?

This event is free and open to the general public. This event has been planned in accordance with the widely-attended event exception to congressional gift rules and government ethics memoranda. Lunch will be provided. Please contact Jen Campbell with questions at jcampbell@mercatus.gmu.edu