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Cutting Health Care Costs: Leading Experts Propose Bold Solutions

August 2, 2012, 10:00am ET - 12:00pm ET

The Affordable Care Act was the most far-reaching effort to contain health care costs to date. Still, health care costs remain a major challenge—and concern about their effect on the federal budget has only continued to grow.

The Center for American Progress convened leading health policy experts—including current and former federal and state officials, executives of health insurers and hospital systems, physicians, and economists—to develop bold and innovative solutions. These solutions are designed to reduce overall health care spending for both public and private payers. By contrast, several recent proposals would simply shift federal spending to individuals, employers, and states—which would ultimately lead many people to forego necessary care.

Please join us as we release alternative strategies that would protect Americans’ access to necessary care. Several of the experts will be on hand to present the solutions, lead a discussion of the issues, and answer your questions.

The following is a complete list of the experts who recommend the solutions being released:
Ezekiel Emanuel, M.D., Ph.D., Center for American Progress; University of Pennsylvania
Neera Tanden, J.D., Center for American Progress
Stuart Altman, Ph.D., Brandeis University
Scott Armstrong, M.B.A., Group Health Cooperative
Donald Berwick, M.D., M.P.P., Center for American Progress; Harvard Medical School
Francois de Brantes, M.B.A., Health Care Incentives Improvement Institute
Maura Calsyn, J.D., Center for American Progress
Michael Chernew, Ph.D., Harvard Medical School
John Colmers, M.P.H., Johns Hopkins Medicine
David Cutler, Ph.D., Center for American Progress; Harvard University
Tom Daschle, Center for American Progress, DLA Piper
Paul Egerman, co-founder, IDX and eScription, Inc.
Bob Kocher, M.D., Venrock; Brookings Institution
Arnold Milstein, M.D., M.P.H., Stanford University School of Medicine
Emily Oshima Lee, M.A., Center for American Progress
John Podesta, J.D., Center for American Progress
Uwe Reinhardt, Ph.D., Princeton University
Meredith Rosenthal, Ph.D., Harvard School of Public Health
Joshua Sharfstein, M.D., Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, State of Maryland
Stephen Shortell, Ph.D., M.P.H., M.B.A., University of California, Berkeley, School of Public Health
Andrew Stern, Center for American Progress; Columbia University
Peter Orszag, M.S., Ph.D., Citigroup, Inc.; Council on Foreign Relations
Topher Spiro, J.D., Center for American Progress

This event is made possible by a grant from the Peter G. Peterson Foundation.