Inside Deficit Reduction: What it Means for Health Care

After much heated debate on the U.S. debt limit, the Budget Control Act of 2011 was passed on August 2, 2011, containing more than $900 billion in federal spending reductions over 10 years. The law also established the 12-person “super committee” charged with finding more than $1 trillion in additional savings. What exactly is called for in the law? What are the implications for health care programs, including Medicare, Medicaid, CHIP and the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act? This briefing addressed these and related questions. Cosponsored by the Alliance for Health Reform, The Commonwealth Fund, the Kaiser Family Foundation, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the SCAN Foundation.

For more information and access to the presentation slides, please visit the Alliance’s event page.

Full Video



The panel was comoderated by Ed Howard of the Alliance for Health Reform and Diane Rowland of the Kaiser Family Foundation.

Ed Howard

Diane Rowland

Katherine Hayes, George Washington University

Bill Hoagland,
vice president at CIGNA and former staff director of the Senate Budget Committee

Bob Greenstein,
Center on Budget and Policy Priorities

Gail Wilensky,
Project HOPE and former administrator of the Health Care Financing Administration (now CMS)

, session 1

Dean Rosen,
Mehlman Vogel Castagnetti Inc. and former chief health care advisor to then-Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist

Chris Jennings,
Jennings Policy Strategies and former senior health care advisor to President Bill Clinton.

Q&A, session 2

KFF Headquarters: 185 Berry St., Suite 2000, San Francisco, CA 94107 | Phone 650-854-9400
Washington Offices and Barbara Jordan Conference Center: 1330 G Street, NW, Washington, DC 20005 | Phone 202-347-5270 | Email Alerts: | |

The independent source for health policy research, polling, and news, KFF is a nonprofit organization based in San Francisco, California.