Analysis of the health law's effects continues

Published on April 25, 2011 at 10:36 AM · No Comments

Reports look at the diverse effects of the health law — from Medicare and Medicaid to the accountable care organizations.

Politico Pro: Berwick Wants To Change The Medicare Game
Don Berwick wants to change the game for Medicare and Medicaid. The CMS administrator says that a key piece of health care reform will involve changing what the system rewards — shifting from more care to better care. "The industry hits the pitch we throw, and if we set up a payment system and an environment in which doing more is a base hit, that's what they'll do," Berwick said during a wide-ranging interview at Politico's offices on Friday (Coughlin, 4/25).

The Washington Post: Lobbying Efforts Persist Long After Health Care, Financial Regulation Bills Passed
Two historic pieces of legislation, overhauling the nation's health care system and rewriting regulations governing financial institutions, passed Congress last year after heated debate and intense lobbying. But even if the bills have departed Capitol Hill, the lobbying on them has not. Companies and their backers are spending millions on lobbying hoping to roll back key provisions of the two laws, according to disclosure reports filed last week with the House and Senate (Farnam, 7/23).

The Hill: On Earth Day, Obama Administration Touts Health Care Law's Green Benefits
The new health care law is helping clean up the U.S. environment and improve public health, Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said in a statement Friday. "The health of the American people is directly linked to a healthy environment," Sebelius said in a statement released to mark the 41st anniversary of Earth Day. "At HHS we are committed to doing whatever is necessary to protect the health of all Americans, and we recognize that ensuring a clean and healthy environment is a fundamental part of that effort" (Pecquet, 4/22).

Politico Pro: Gingrich Compares ACA To A Stagecoach
Newt Gingrich says his plan for health care reform would be a "fundamental reset" from the current model, while the reforms made by the Affordable Care Act are like "having a discussion about how to improve the stagecoach" as a means of transportation. In a speech Friday at the Brookings Institution, the former House speaker and likely Republican presidential candidate said Paul Ryan's budget plan is closer to the scale of the health care changes that are needed (Nocera, 4/22).

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