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Dr. Jonathan Gruber: Can We Control Costs in Healthcare Reform?

Mon, 02/04/2013 - 3:55pm
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Former White House advisor says if cost control measures can be implemented successfully, Obamacare will enjoy as much support nationally as Romenycare has in MA.

Harvard Law School

Harvard Law School rounded up a panel of experts to discuss some of the implications of healthcare reform in the 1st annual Health Law in Review panel discussion.

Jonathan Gruber, an MIT economist and a healthcare reform advisor to President Barack Obama, said that many of the cost control measure the Patient Protection & Affordable Care Act encourages, such as involving consumers in insurance price-point shopping or promoting provider reimbursement based on health behavior of the enrollees, come with "thorny legal issues."

"It’s important to be realistic about the fact that implementing this is not going to be easy," Gruber said. "It’s going to be a mess."

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