Obamacare Already Improving Healthcare and Cutting Costs



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Obamacare Already Improving Healthcare and Cutting Costs
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David Leonhardt

David Leonhardt is an economics columnist for The New York Times and a staff writer for The New York Times Magazine. He recently won the Pulitzer Prize for distinguished commentary for his “graceful penetration of America’s complicated economic questions, from the federal budget deficit to health care reform.” Leonhardt founded the Times’s Economix blog in 2008, and an analytical sports column called Keeping Score in 2004. Before joining the Times in 1999, Leonhardt worked for Businessweek magazine and for the metro desk of The Washington Post. His 2008 story, “Obamanomics,” won the Gerald Loeb Award for magazine writing. Leonhardt appears frequently on public radio and television, and lectures at universities.

Ezekiel Emanuel

Ezekiel Emanuel is vice provost for global initiatives and chair of the Medical Ethics and Health Policy Department at the University of Pennsylvania. He has served as special advisor for health policy to the director of the Office of Management and Budget in the White House and is the former chair of the Department of Bioethics at the National Institutes of Health. He has written or edited nine books and over 200 scientific articles and is a columnist for The New York Times.

Neera Tanden

Neera Tanden is president of the Center for American Progress and counselor to the Center for American Progress Action Fund. Most recently, Tanden served as chief operating officer for the center. Tanden previously served as senior advisor for health reform at the US Department of Health and Human Services, advising Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and working on President Obama’s health care reform team to develop and pass the Affordable Care Act. Prior to that, Tanden was the director of domestic policy for the Obama-Biden campaign, where she managed all domestic policy proposals. Tanden served as policy director for the Hillary Clinton presidential campaign and associate director for domestic policy and senior advisor to the first lady in the Clinton administration.

Tyler Cowen

Tyler Cowen is the Holbert C. Harris Professor of Economics at George Mason University. He is the author of numerous books, including The New York Times best-selling The Great Stagnation and his most recent book An Economist Gets Lunch. He writes frequently for many publications including the Sunday Business section of The New York Times. The Economist magazine recently named him one of the most influential economists over the last decade, and in 2011, Bloomberg BusinessWeek dubbed him “America’s hottest economist.” Foreign Policy magazine named him one of its 100 Global Thinkers. The Wall Street Journal called Cowen’s Marginal Revolution the best economics blog in the world.