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Universal Health Insurance Coverage: Progress and Issues. Twenty-first Annual Herbert Lourie Memorial Lecture on Health Policy

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  • Jonathan Gruber

    (Department of Economics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02142)

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Jonathan Gruber was a key architect of Massachusetts’ ambitious health reform effort, and in 2006 became an inaugural member of the Health Connector Board, the main implementing body for that effort. He delivered this lecture on October 2, 2009, and his references are to Congressional bills that were under consideration on that date. He laid out the universal coverage debate that’s gone on for a long time in the United States; described a new solution that he think they found for Massachusetts; described how the Massachusetts reform works; and how it can be extended nationally. Finally he spent time on the key issues that Congress is facing in fall 2009 trying to take this model to the national level.

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  • Jonathan Gruber, 2009. "Universal Health Insurance Coverage: Progress and Issues. Twenty-first Annual Herbert Lourie Memorial Lecture on Health Policy," Center for Policy Research Policy Briefs 41, Center for Policy Research, Maxwell School, Syracuse University.
  • Handle: RePEc:max:cprpbr:41
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    Keywords

    health care reform; universal coverage; tax credits; minimum benefits; rationing; employer-sponsored insurance benefits; ESI; cost control; affordability; Massachusetts; employer responsibility; incremental universalism; individual mandate; shared responsibility; pooling; affordability; single payer; public option;

    JEL classification:

    • D14 - Microeconomics - - Household Behavior - - - Household Saving; Personal Finance
    • H51 - Public Economics - - National Government Expenditures and Related Policies - - - Government Expenditures and Health
    • I11 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - Analysis of Health Care Markets
    • I18 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - Government Policy; Regulation; Public Health
    • L33 - Industrial Organization - - Nonprofit Organizations and Public Enterprise - - - Comparison of Public and Private Enterprise and Nonprofit Institutions; Privatization; Contracting Out

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