Dr Joe Antos on the American Enterprise Institute's ACA Proposals

The American Enterprise Institute released a report that detailed several proposals of change for the ACA that could possibly be implemented with the next president. Joe Antos, PhD, the Wilson H. Taylor Scholar in Health Care and Retirement Policy at the American Enterprise Institute, said that though these changes would depend on the party in office, implementing them wouldn’t necessarily be easy.

The American Enterprise Institute released a report that detailed several proposals of change for the ACA that could possibly be implemented with the next president. Joe Antos, PhD, the Wilson H. Taylor Scholar in Health Care and Retirement Policy at the American Enterprise Institute, said that though these changes would depend on the party in office, implementing them wouldn’t necessarily be easy.

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Do you think change to the ACA is possible at this point? Do you think the proposals put forth in the American Enterprise Institute’s report could possibly be implemented with the next president?

Well I think change is inevitable. The question is, is it going in a reasonable direction or a bad direction? And, is it conscious or unconscious? So I agree that certainly the report that we did with as many proposals as we put forth, something like that is impossible no matter who the president is. It’s too big, it’s simply too big.

However, parts of those proposals, there are aspects of those ideas that I think would be compelling to certainly a republican in office and I think some of those ideas would be accepted by a democrat as well. Not the whole package but some changes. And those changes will probably be more forced by reality than something that you want to do because it seems like a good idea. We’re going to have financial difficulties, we’re going to have continuing problems with access, and these are issues that need to be dealt with.