The New Health Care Law: What a Difference a Year Makes

1000 Massachusetts Ave NW
Washington D.C., 20001

Monday, March 21, 2011
1:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

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When President Obama signed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act into law on March 23, 2010, few would have predicted what happened in the following year. Opposition to the law has led to Republican gains in Congress, a House vote to repeal it, and two federal courts striking down part or all of the law as unconstitutional. At this special half-day conference, being held one year after the House of Representatives passed the law, health care experts will debate how the law has already affected America's health care sector, labor markets, and the federal budget, and what impact it will have in the future. In addition, constitutional scholars will debate the merits of the two dozen legal challenges that have been brought against the law and their likelihood of success before the Supreme Court.

1:00 p.m. Opening Keynote Address
   
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   David Rivkin, Partner, Baker & Hostetler LLP, and attorney for plaintiffs in Florida v. HHS
   Moderated by Ramesh Ponnuru, Senior Editor, National Review

1:45 p.m. Impact on Health Care, Labor Markets, and Government Budgets
   
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   Michael F. Cannon, Director of Health Policy Studies, Cato Institute
   Ron Pollack, Executive Director, Families USA
   Douglas Holtz-Eakin, President, American Action Forum; former Director, Congressional Budget Office
   Kavita Patel, M.D., Managing Director of Delivery-System Reform at the Engelberg Center for Health Care Reform, Brookings Institution;
   former Director of Policy for the White House Office of Public Engagement and Intergovernmental Affairs; and former Deputy Staff Director
   for the Senate HELP Committee under chairman Senator Edward Kennedy

3:00 p.m. Break

3:15 p.m. Legal Challenges to the New Health Care Law
   
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   Roger Pilon, Vice President for Legal Affairs, Cato Institute
   Neera Tanden, Chief Operating Officer, Center for American Progress
   Moderated by Jan Crawford, CBS News Chief Legal Correspondent

4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Closing Reception

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