Galen Institute Semiannual Report July â€“ December 2010
P R E S I D E N T ’ S MESSAGE
ObamaCare is law but the debate definitely is not
As we wrote in Health Policy Matters:
over. Rather than growing in popularity, as the president and his supporters firmly believed would
Rep. Tom McClintock, R-CA, asked Foster
happen, the law gets more unpopular as people
for a simple true or false response on
learn more about it.
the two claims: that it will bring down unsustainable medical costs and that it
Many companies and organizations who
will let people keep their current health
supported it because of certain provisions that
insurance if they like it.
they believed would be helpful now are finding an avalanche of unforeseen consequences — both in
On the costs issue, “I would say false, more
other parts of the law that they believe will be very
so than true,” Foster responded.
harmful and in the way that the regulations are being written that stretch the law far beyond what
As for people getting to keep their
they had anticipated.
coverage, “not true in all cases,” he said.
Harvard Professor Robert Blendon, in a recent
So the man who works for the administration and
survey for the Kaiser Family Foundation, found that
whose job it is to analyze the intricate details of
opposition to ObamaCare jumped 9 percentage
the law and its future impact says that it is “false,
points from December to January, with a majority
more so than true” that it will bring down costs
of Americans now opposing the law.
and that many people will lose the coverage they have now.
And that was before the new leadership in the House took over and started asking a lot of hard
Then another committee asked regulation writers
questions — questions that we believed should
how an end-of-life provision, which caused such an
have been asked before the law was passed.
uproar in town hall meetings in 2009, got back into a 692-page regulation about Medicare payment
In late January, the House Budget committee called
after it was pulled from the bill. The head of the
one of the most objective analysts in Washington
Office of Management and Budget’s regulatory
— Medicare actuary Rick Foster — and asked his
office Cass Sunstein said he didn’t know.
straight opinion about two central promises made by the president and his supporters.
And at yet another hearing, the chairman of the
While others are forced to move on to other issues,
president’s Council of Economic Advisors, Austan
we continue to focus on just this one crucial
Goolsbee, got tied into a pretzel over whether the
front — health care — in the fight for freedom.
fine for not buying the mandatory health insurance
This booklet gives you highlights of our activities
is in fact a tax. Answer: For political purposes, no.
month-by-month over the second half of last year.
For purposes of the lawsuits challenging the law,
As you will see in our Executive Summary, interest
yes. That is not making the courts reviewing the
in this issue continues in the media. Our op-eds
constitutionality of the law happy at all.
reached at least 76 million readers of major publications including The Wall Street Journal,
So what does this mean? It means we must not give
Forbes, and the Omaha World-Herald. We also
up! Democratic pollster Pat Caddell said as much
gave dozens of interviews to print and broadcast
himself, admitting that voting for the president’s
journalists and reached millions of people through
legacy health overhaul law was a huge mistake. He
shows such as Varney & Co. and The Lou Dobbs
said passage of the health overhaul law was the key
Show, and many local shows around the country.
reason for his party’s loss of 63 seats in the U.S. House of Representatives in November.
We are enormously grateful to you for your support for our work at the Galen Institute. We believe
Caddell told FOX News, “. . . the American people
it is crucially important that we continue our
found this a crime against democracy . . . they want
efforts to educate the American people about the
it repealed, and this issue is gonna go on and on.”
major consequences that this law will have for our country. Thank you for joining us in this vital
And we are not stopping. We have a major book
work to protect our freedom. We could not do this
that is being published by HarperCollins on March
22, the week of the anniversary of the passage of this law. We’re writing it with three coauthors from other think tanks, and we believe it will be a
blockbuster, finally telling the truth about, as its
title says, Why ObamaCare Is Wrong for America. We will send you a copy as soon as we have them.
C ON T E N T S Executive Summary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Monthly Highlights July . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 August . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 September . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 October . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 November . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 December . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18
A BO U T G A LE N INST IT U T E The Galen Institute is a non-profit public policy research organization devoted exclusively to advancing free-market ideas in health policy. We work to promote a more informed public debate over ideas that support innovation, individual freedom, consumer choice, and competition in the health sector. Please contact us with your comments, suggestions, and questions: mail
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Executive S ummary July – December 2010
Publications Our commentaries on the real impact of the health overhaul law, rising health care costs, Medicare payment rates, prescription drugs, innovation in the health sector, the mid-term elections, and new solutions to reform reached more than 76 million readers over the last six months. Our pieces were published by more than 135 major news outlets in 40 states, including The Wall Street Journal, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Forbes, The Sacramento Bee, and the Omaha-World Herald. We released 3 major papers: “Why the Obama Health Plan is Not Entitlement Reform;” “Massachusetts Shows Federal Reform Headed For Trouble;” and “9 Things States Can Do to Push Back Against ObamaCare.” You can read these papers and our commentaries on our website at www.galen.org.
In the Media We gave interviews to dozens of radio stations in cities around the country, as well as to nationally syndicated programs, including The Lou Dobbs Show, Dateline: Washington, The Martha Zoller Show, and The Jason Lewis Show. Grace-Marie Turner was also a frequent contributor to Varney & Co. on FOX Business. Our scholars were interviewed by reporters from Politico, Congressional Quarterly, SmartMoney, and many other news outlets. Articles that quoted Galen experts reached more than 58 million readers of more than 50 publications, blogs, and media websites including The Daily Caller, Reason Magazine, Kaiser Health News, and the San Francisco Chronicle.
Speeches and Events Grace-Marie delivered more than 20 speeches on a range of health policy issues, including consequences of the health care reform law, health care costs, and patient-centered reform. She spoke to grassroots organizations and to top industry executives, to physicians and scientists, and to journalists, legal experts, and Members of Congress. We hosted a myriad of successful events: • A Capitol Hill event on July 15 to release a paper, “Why the Obama Health Plan is Not Entitlement Reform,” by our colleague Jim Capretta of the Ethics and Public Policy Center. Rep. Paul Ryan led off the discussion, and budget experts Doug Holtz-Eakin of American Action Forum and Gene Steuerle of the Urban Institute provided analysis.
• A briefing for seniors, “Debt, Deficits, and the Health Care Law,” featuring former Virginia Gov. and Sen. George Allen, former CBO Director Doug Holtz-Eakin, and 60 Plus Association chairman Jim Martin, who co-hosted the event with us on September 16. • “Medicaid and ObamaCare: The impact of the overhaul law on the states,” a Capitol Hill briefing on October 7, co-hosted by the Institute for Policy Innovation. Our speakers — John R. Graham, Christie Herrera, and Marc Kilmer — discussed unfunded liabilities, demand for physicians, and difficulty accessing care. • Our November 30 conference on “Challenges and Changes: The Next Chapter in the Health Reform Debate” was packed with valuable ideas and insights about actions both state and federal officials can take to get us on the right path to health reform. The conference, which was jointly sponsored by Galen, the American Action Forum, and the Institute for Policy Innovation, featured panel discussions with state legislators and policy experts, and keynote addresses by Sen. Ron Wyden, Rep. Michael Burgess, MD, and Rep. John Shadegg.
Left to right: Panelists at our July entitlement briefing; Galen’s Grace-Marie Turner gives a presentation at our October Medicaid briefing; Panelists address the audience at our November Challenges and Changes conference
Health Policy Matters Health Policy Matters is e-mailed to more than 6,000 subscribers every week, including health industry executives, insurance agents, journalists, consumers, physicians, small business owners, and federal and state legislators. We produced 20 editions from July to December 2010:
Realities of Risk and Debt
Tip of the Iceberg
This Will Not Stand
Reporting from Sundance
Massachusetts Warning Signs
Top 10 Reasons ObamaCare Is Unraveling
ObamaCare Vote Haunts Congressional Candidates
Two Strikes Against ObamaCare
Support for ObamaCare Was a Death Knell for Candidates
ObamaCare Has Failed
80 to 100 Million Could Lose Current Coverage
Running from ObamaCare
Congress, States Gearing Up To Fight ObamaCare
It’s About Jobs
States Prepare to Push Back Against ObamaCare
The Red Tape Blues
First Strategy: Dismantle ObamaCare
A Very Bad Week for ObamaCare
Coalitions & Meetings We facilitated numerous meetings of the Health Policy Consensus Group to discuss the consequences of the health overhaul law and free-market solutions to reform. As part of our coalition outreach, we continued to host conference calls for the media, policymakers, industry leaders, and medical professionals concerned about the health reform debate. Speakers included Stephanie Carlton, RN, Special Assistant for Health Policy Legislation to Sen. John Cornyn; Douglas HoltzEakin from the American Action Forum; Katie Mahoney of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce; and Janet Trautwein of the National Association of Health Underwriters, among others. We produced 5 calls in our popular series for state policymakers focusing on the impact of ObamaCare on the states, co-hosted by the Institute for Policy Innovation and the State Policy Network. Galen staff also participated in more than 70 meetings and policy briefings to discuss new initiatives and health policy ideas with government officials, Congressional staffers, representatives from companies, member associations, and other think tanks.
New Media & Social Networking The Galen Institute continued to be actively engaged in new media in 2010. We posted videos to YouTube, commentaries to Facebook, and news updates to Twitter. Friends and followers of the Galen Institute and Health Reform Hub grew to 2,480.
J U LY
Impact Health reform is NOT entitlement reform, at least as configured in the health overhaul legislation that Congress has passed. And nowhere is the case made more clearly and forcefully than in a new paper, “Why the Obama Health Plan is Not Entitlement Reform,” written for the Galen Institute by budget expert Jim Capretta, which was released at a conference we organized on Capitol Hill in July featuring Rep. Paul Ryan. Among those hit hardest will be young people.
program was featured in more than 30 news outlets this month, including the Boston Herald, The Orange County Register, and Louisville Courier Journal. We also contributed a number of posts to National Review Online: Critical Condition. We released 3 videos in July: a commentary on the realities of ObamaCare; highlights from our July 15 entitlement reform briefing; and a rap video we commissioned on how ObamaCare affects young adults, which garnered more than 1,700 views on YouTube!
We continued our outreach to this community by releasing a new rap video called “Feelin’ It” about the impact of ObamaCare on young people. The video makes it clear that young people who understand they will bear the brunt of the costs of ObamaCare want Congress to start over with the right kind of reform. We continued to explain, with every communications tool we can muster, that real health care solutions are possible. We never gave up, and we were as busy as ever with speaking, media, and writing requests.
“Feelin’ It” highlights many of ObamaCare’s damaging provisions for young people
Speeches & Events Grace-Marie gave three speeches in July on the realities of the impact of ObamaCare to grassroots
Publications & Productions We released a new paper on Massachusetts health reform, “Massachusetts Shows Federal Reform Headed For Trouble,” with a related commentary featured on Kaiser Health News. Grace-Marie Turner’s commentary about the coming exodus of physicians from the Medicare
organizations and to top industry executives. A number of independent studies have proven the health overhaul law will not reduce the deficit or put us on a path to long-term entitlement reform, as clearly documented in a new paper written for the Galen Institute by Jim Capretta. We released his paper, “Why the Obama Health Plan is Not Entitlement Reform,” at a Capitol Hill briefing
on July 15, with Rep. Paul Ryan leading off the discussion, and analysis from budget experts Doug Holtz-Eakin of American Action Forum and Eugene Steuerle of the Urban Institute.
Galen in the News We gave a dozen interviews to radio shows across the country, including six nationally syndicated programs. Grace-Marie spoke about Donald Berwick’s appointment as administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, the impact of ObamaCare on small businesses, and England’s plans to decentralize its health care systems on programs like Dateline: Washington, Point of View, and The Small Business Advocate. Our comments were featured in more than a dozen news stories in July, including articles in The Daily Caller, The Atlantic, and the Northwest Florida Daily News.
Rep. Paul Ryan talks about his Roadmap at our Capitol Hill briefing
Coalitions & Meetings We facilitated numerous meetings with colleagues, and we attended several additional meetings to discuss new initiatives and health policy ideas with government officials, industry leaders, member associations, and other think tanks.
Jim Capretta explains how ObamaCare makes America’s entitlement and budget problems worse
AU G U S T
Impact Although Congress took a recess in August, the Galen Institute didn’t stop in our work to help people understand the dangers of government control over our health care. Our writings appeared in publications with a combined circulation of 23 million readers — including an article in The Wall Street Journal — plus interviews on national radio and television programs, and video commentaries for our websites. In addition to several speeches, we worked with our colleagues and coalition members to educate health care providers, journalists, and state leaders about the real impact of ObamaCare.
Dozens of major publications featured our work, including an article by Galen Institute adjunct scholar Jim Capretta in USA Today about his paper on entitlement reform: • The Wall Street Journal: Putting the Brakes on ObamaCare • Investor’s Business Daily: Fast Track To Government Health Care • USA Today: Think health reform will cut costs? Think again. • The Oklahoman: Pros, Cons to Converting to Electronic Medical Records • Pittsburgh Tribune Review: ObamaCare — It’s a horrible Rx
Galen in the News Grace-Marie was a guest on FOX Business’s Varney & Co. show to respond to the question, “Can GOP Repeal Parts of Health Care Reform?” She was also a guest on several radio programs, including the nationally syndicated shows Dateline: Washington, Real Wealth Weekly, and City on a Hill. We gave interviews to journalists from SmartMoney, Modern
Health Care, Congressional Quarterly, and the Associated Press.
We reached millions of readers in August with our commentaries on the risks and damage of ObamaCare, including high health costs, and the value of health savings accounts and innovation in the health sector. Grace-Marie Turner also participated in a pro/con published debate with Rep. Jim McDermott (D-WA), responding to the question of whether the health overhaul law will lead to greater prosperity for American workers. Grace-Marie Turner appears on Varney & Co.
Meetings We facilitated a meeting of colleagues to discuss an upcoming statement on free-market solutions to health reform. Grace-Marie attended “Medicare after Reform: The 2010 Medicare Trustees Report,” hosted by the American Enterprise Institute. And Galen staff participated in several meetings with Congressional staffers, industry executives, and representatives from other think tanks to discuss
who has served in several senior positions at the Department of Health and Human Services, during our call on “ObamaCare: What does it mean for Nurses and Patients?” And we hosted a special briefing for journalists on “The Controversy Over Insurance Regulations,” with experts Doug Holtz-Eakin and Jim Capretta, whose explanation of federal taxes and administrative costs was featured in a Wall Street Journal editorial.
patient-centered health care and new regulations imposed by the health overhaul law.
Productions We released two videos in August, which were
Speeches & Events Grace-Marie’s August speeches included an address in New Jersey to a large audience of physicians about the impact of ObamaCare on their patients and practices, and a panel discussion on health care and money for a group of financial industry executives in New York.
viewed more than 150 times in just one week. In “Fast Track to Government Health Care,” Grace-Marie explains the regulatory burdens of ObamaCare. “Why the Obama Health Plan is Not Entitlement Reform” is a full-length recording of our successful summer briefing featuring Rep. Paul Ryan, Jim Capretta, Doug Holtz-Eakin, and Gene Steuerle.
We hosted three virtual briefings in August. The Institute for Policy Innovation and the State Policy Network joined us in hosting “The Impact of Medicaid Expansion on the States,” which featured Mark Birdwhistell, former Secretary for Health and Family Services for Kentucky and currently Chief of External Affairs at the University of Kentucky Medical Center. Our nurses coalition heard from Stephanie Carlton,
Jim Capretta addresses our Capitol Hill audience
RN, Special Assistant for Health Policy Legislation to Sen. John Cornyn, and Marty McGeein, an RN
SE P T E MB E R
Impact The Galen Institute focused on the importance of the doctor-patient relationship in our writings and speaking this month, promoting the value of private-sector innovation and opposing bureaucratic intrusions that keep patients from getting the care that is most appropriate for their needs. Our commentaries on these issues appeared in more than three dozen publications across the country in September, including the Hartford Courant, Investor’s Business Daily, and The Denver Post. We continued to reach out to the public through speeches, media interviews, and co-hosting two successful events.
the country, most recently in The Buffalo Sunday News. Our commentaries on rising health costs, prescription drugs, insurance premiums, and our recommendations for reform were published by dozens of major news outlets reaching millions of readers across the country, including: • Reuters: Don’t Demonize Drug Samples. They Are Crucial to Our Healthcare • National Review Online’s Critical Condition: Fueling the Health-Cost Fire • National Journal Health Care Expert Blog: Seek Bipartisan Support for Repeal • South Florida Sun-Sentinel: We Do Need Health Reform, But With Some Tweaking • The Orange County Register: ObamaCare worse for U.S. workers • The Denver Post: Despite Obama’s promises, costs will go up
Speeches & Events The Institute for Policy Innovation and the State Policy Network joined us in hosting a virtual briefing on September 9, “State and Business Responses to ObamaCare,” which examined the ways states and the business community are fighting the overhaul law. Karen Harned, executive
Publications Grace-Marie’s pro/con debate debate with Rep. Jim McDermott (D-WA) responded to the question of whether the health overhaul law will lead to greater prosperity for American workers. It appeared in more than 30 publications around
director of NFIB’s Small Business Legal Center, explained why NFIB joined the Florida lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of ObamaCare. And we heard from Independence Institute President Jon Caldara, who explained how he successfully fought to put a Right to Health Care Choice initiative on the Colorado ballot.
On September 16, we hosted a briefing for seniors,
Business, where she discussed the reasons
entitled “Debt, Deficits, and the Health Care Law,”
behind the rising premiums for health insurance.
featuring former Virginia Gov. and Sen. George
She also spoke with journalists from Business
Allen, former CBO director Doug Holtz-Eakin, and
Insurance Magazine, Dateline: Washington, and the
60 Plus Association chairman Jim Martin, who
co-hosted the event with us. Speakers argued that ObamaCare should be repealed so we can implement the right kinds of health reform, and Gov. Allen outlined policy steps to a brighter future with market-based, consumer-friendly solutions.
Grace-Marie Turner discusses health care costs with Stuart Varney
Coalitions & Meetings We facilitated a meeting of the Health Policy Gov. George Allen, Grace-Marie Turner, and Jim Martin discussed the impact of ObamaCare on seniors at our September briefing
Grace-Marie participated in a debate on “Is health care a right?” hosted by the Benjamin Rush Society on September 29. And she gave several additional presentations on the impact of ObamaCare to members of Congress, business leaders, and physicians.
Consensus Group, at the invitation of the minority staff of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, to discuss health policy alternatives and recommendations. We attended many additional meetings to discuss health policy ideas with congressional staffers, state government officials, representatives from companies and member associations, and other think tanks.
Galen in the News Grace-Marie was a guest on numerous nationally syndicated radio and television programs in September, including Varney & Co. on FOX
OCTOB E R
Impact While the nation was laser-focused on the elections, the Galen Institute continued our mission to educate the American people and policymakers about the significant impact the new health overhaul law already is having on our health sector and economy. We hosted three briefings for the public, policymakers, health sector leaders, and the media. Our commentaries reached more than 18 million people nationwide in major news outlets, including The Wall Street Journal, The Oklahoman, and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. And we continued our interviews with Dateline:
and innovation were published by news outlets around the country, including: • The Oklahoman: Government offering strong dose of hubris • The Wall Street Journal: ObamaCare Requires Urgent Dismantling • Modesto Sunday Bee: Health insurance reform means ever-rising costs • Atlanta Journal-Constitution: Tax policy’s impact on medical sector • National Review Online: Judge Makes Wrong ObamaCare Decision
Washington, Congressional Quarterly, and others, and our speeches to small business owners, insurance brokers, and physicians.
Speeches & Events On October 6, Grace-Marie spoke at the Society of Professional Journalists meeting in Las Vegas about health policy issues that are getting a lot of news coverage and issues that should be getting more attention. She spoke about the need for reporters to cover the regulations being written to implement the health overhaul law and creation of new boards and commissions that will have a huge impact, including the Independent Payment Advisory Board, and the controversy over comparative effectiveness review studies. Galen co-hosted a briefing on Capitol Hill on
October 7 about “Medicaid and ObamaCare: The
Grace-Marie’s commentary on the “Top 10 reasons
the Institute for Policy Innovation. Our speakers
ObamaCare is unraveling,” was featured in the
— John R. Graham of the Pacific Research
top 10 most viewed stories on The Washington
Institute, Christie Herrera of the American
Examiner website. Our commentaries on health
Legislative Exchange Council, and Marc Kilmer of
care costs, the overhaul law, prescription drugs,
the Maryland Public Policy Institute — discussed
impact of the overhaul law on the states,” with
unfunded liabilities, demand for physicians, and difficulty accessing care. You can watch videos of the briefing on our website at www.galen.org.
Galen in the News Grace-Marie was a guest on numerous nationally syndicated radio programs recently, including The Small Business Advocate, City on a Hill, and Dateline: Washington. She was also interviewed by the Associated Press, Slate Magazine, The Daily Caller, and Kaiser Health News.
Coalitions & Meetings On October 27 at Americans for Tax Reform, Grace-Marie spoke to the weekly meeting audience Marc Kilmer, John R. Graham, and Merrill Matthews participate in a panel discussion at our Medicaid and ObamaCare briefing
in response to a representative from the Puerto Rican government about recent surprise tax increases enacted by the Commonwealth.
On October 27, we hosted a conference call for journalists to discuss the significant impact
Grace-Marie participated in the Health Sector
the pending medical loss ratio rules will have
Assembly in Sundance, Utah, in October. And we
on access to health insurance and costs. Our
participated in many other meetings to discuss
speakers were Janet Trautwein of the National
health policy ideas with Congressional staffers,
Association of Health Underwriters, Donna Novak
state government officials, representatives from
of NovaRest Consulting, Karen Kerrigan of the
companies and member associations, and other
Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council, and
Katie Mahoney of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. In addition, the State Policy Network and the Institute for Policy Innovation joined us in hosting a conference call about state responses to the health overhaul law. Our speakers were Jim Capretta of theÂ Ethics and Public Policy Center, Tom Miller of the American Enterprise Institute, and Cheryl Smith of Leavitt Partners.
NOV E M B E R
Impact In November, the mid-term elections finally proved to Congress and state legislatures that the American people are unhappy with the health overhaul law and the way it was passed. Galen seized this opportunity to advance ideas for reform by meeting with newly elected officials to offer strategies for market-based, consumerfriendly reform. We co-hosted a successful event in Washington, DC, to discuss what federal and state officials can do to address the voters’ serious concerns. And we continued our public educational efforts by giving speeches to physician groups, publishing commentaries in major news outlets, and participating in nationally broadcast radio shows, among other activities.
Democrat-Gazette. Our other commentaries on state efforts to fight ObamaCare, Medicare, prescription drugs and innovation, and solutions for free-market reform were published by dozens of major news outlets with millions of readers nationwide. Some of our pieces included: • The Daily Caller: Puerto Rican Madness • Providence Journal: Anger over health reform swamped Dems • Omaha World-Herald: Drug Delays Hurt Research • The New York Times Room for Debate Blog: 16 Ways to Cut the Deficit — Allow Real Competition in Medicare • Health Reform Report: States Preparing to Fight Back Against ObamaCare • National Review Online’s Critical Condition: Should Congressmen Turn Down Health Insurance?
Coalitions & Meetings We facilitated a meeting of the Health Policy Consensus Group at The Heritage Foundation to discuss next steps to inform health policy actions in the new Congress. We participated in more than two dozen meetings to discuss new initiatives and health policy ideas with government officials, industry leaders, member
associations, and other think tanks in November.
Grace-Marie Turner’s commentary on the impact of the passage of the health reform law on the mid-term elections was published in more than 36 newspapers around the country, including The Sacramento Bee, Arizona Sunday Sun, and Arkansas
Galen in the News Grace-Marie was interviewed about the direction of health care reform in light of the mid-term elections on several nationally syndicated radio
programs, including Dateline: Washington, The
Phoenix, and Bloomberg Television’s briefings on
Lou Dobbs Show, and The Jason Lewis Show, with
“Health care reform: What are the big changes for
guest host former Sen. Rod Grams. She was
small businesses?” in New Jersey and Maryland.
also interviewed by journalists from Politico, The Washington Examiner, Investor’s Business Daily, and the San Francisco Chronicle.
Speeches & Events Our conference on “Challenges and Changes: The Next Chapter in the Health Reform Debate” was superb — packed with valuable ideas and insights about actions both state and federal officials can take to get us on the right path to health reform. The conference, which was jointly sponsored by Galen, the American Action Forum, and the Institute for Policy Innovation, featured panel discussions with state legislators and policy experts, and keynote addresses by Sen. Ron Wyden, Rep. Michael Burgess, MD, and Rep. John Shadegg. The conference webcast, handouts, and presentations are available on our website. Earlier in the month, the Galen Institute, the Institute for Policy Innovation, and the State Policy Network co-hosted a conference call briefing for state legislators to discuss options for addressing health reform, featuring speakers Christie Herrera of ALEC and Jason Mercier of the Washington Policy Center. In addition, Grace-Marie gave several speeches on the impact of ObamaCare and options for patientcentered reform in November, including addresses at the annual scientific meeting of the American
Rep. John Shadegg, Sen. Ron Wyden, and Rep. Michael Burgess speak at our Challenges and Changes conference
College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology in
DEC E MB E R
Impact After the tide of the mid-term elections swept through America in November, our focus turned in December to next steps in the still-unresolved debate over ObamaCare. We provided ideas and research for new and re-elected legislators and governors in the states and in Washington. Our
• Forbes: When A Major Medical Financing Study Gets It Wrong • Investor’s Business Daily: First Step in Dismantling ObamaCare? • The Philadelphia Inquirer: It is a government takeover • South Florida Sunday Sun-Sentinel: Health care — Dark future if by Britain’s example
paper on “9 things states can do to push back against ObamaCare,” which was featured by National Review Online, offered suggestions for legislators to protect their states from the costs, mandates, and reach of the unpopular law. We also co-hosted a conference call with the Institute for Policy Innovation and the State Policy Network to discuss next steps for the states with state think tank experts and state legislators. And in the midst of this, we also managed to complete the manuscript on a new book on ObamaCare that we are co-authoring with three colleagues.
Publications We reached more than 14 million readers across the country in December with our commentaries on the health overhaul law, innovation in the health sector, and state efforts to challenge ObamaCare, including: • Statesman Journal: Breast cancer research, innovation and big government
And as mentioned earlier, we published our paper on “9 things states can do to push back against ObamaCare,” which offers ideas for states to protect their citizens from being swamped by federal demands outlined in the health overhaul law.
Speeches, Events, & Meetings
• Health Reform Report: States Preparing to Fight Back Against ObamaCare
The video from our November 30 conference on
• The Washington Times: Confronting ObamaCare — GOP needs to battle the bill on many fronts
the Health Reform Debate,” is now available on
“Challenges and Changes: The Next Chapter in our website. The conference offered valuable ideas
and insights about actions both state and federal officials can take to get us on the right path to health reform.
Galen in the News Grace-Marie was a guest on FOX Business’s Varney & Co. on December 29 to discuss the failings of the new federal high-risk pools with host Charles Payne. We gave several radio interviews in December about efforts state legislators were making to push back against ObamaCare, and the significant
Colorado State Rep. Amy Stephens, ALEC’s Christie Herrera, and Utah State Sen. Dan Liljenquist speak about options for the states at our Challenges and Changes conference
Grace-Marie Turner spoke about the consequences of the health care reform bill at a legal executives meeting in Orlando, Florida, on December 10. The Galen Institute’s Board of Trustees held its annual meeting in Alexandria, Virginia, on December 11, which was followed by a holiday
court ruling that the individual mandate is unconstitutional. Grace-Marie was a guest on nationally syndicated programs The Lou Dobbs Show and Battle Line with Alan Nathan, and many local programs, including The Grandy Group. These additional interviews are availble online: • Small Business Advocate • Wake Up Call with Holloway and Lundun • Richmond’s Morning News with Jimmy Barrett
party at Grace-Marie’s home to thank members of the Health Policy Consensus Group for another successful year of collaboration. We co-hosted another conference call with the Institute for Policy Innovation and the State Policy Network in our series for state legislators. Guest speakers included John R. Graham of the Pacific Research Institute and Arlene Wohlgemuth of the Texas Public Policy Foundation.
Grace-Marie Turner appears on Varney & Co.
We also participated in meetings with Members of Congress and industry executives to discuss the impact of the overhaul law and free-market solutions to reform.
P R AIS E FO R G ALEN INST IT U T E You do an excellent job of bringing the issues home.
Let me first thank you for the event you hosted
You provide information and details so one can
today. I’m a new attorney monitoring health care
read, review and do their own research. I thank you
regulations...and events like the one you had today
for keeping all of us informed. Much appreciated.
are extremely helpful to me...I look forward to
— Cher Z., Florida
coming to your future events. — John V., Virginia
Grace-Marie Turner’s recent article appeared in the Virginian Pilot, Norfolk, Va.’s local paper. From
You are probably aware that The Wall Street Journal
a physician perspective her comments were the
had an editorial on this same topic today. However,
most accurate I have read in recent times.
yours is actually much clearer.
— Joseph K., Virginia
— Don K., Washington, DC
I thoroughly enjoyed yesterday’s event — it
Not only do we truly appreciate your knowledge,
was terrific! Very captivating and informative.
we also appreciate your passion. It’s a
Outstanding and varied agenda/speakers/topics,
too — which all coalesced wonderfully!
— Cliff K., Florida
— Katie M., Washington, DC What a joy to be at the conference! I learned so Grace-Marie, I want to thank you for your
much and thank you for allowing me to be a part
wonderful presentation…Many people remarked
of it. You continue to be the voice of reason to all
afterwards how insightful and informative they
of us, helping guide us towards policy that makes
found your remarks and responses to questions.
sense for Americans! Thank you!
— Steve L., Washington, DC
— Amy S., Colorado
What a wonderful conference. You all did an
I want to express my appreciation for your
amazing job. I learned so much. Thank you for the
efforts on behalf of the public and of physicians
opportunity to listen in on your live web cast. It
in general. You are providing the only effective
worked great. I so appreciated it...I never want to
leadership in articulating meaningful health care
miss another one! What a tremendous opportunity
reform and I can only hope that the physician
you have created for states. Thank you for putting
community will arouse from the deep slumber
we’ve been in...Thanks so much for your efforts.
— Cindy S., Colorado
— Steve H., Minnesota
Published on Feb 22, 2011