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Post-election health care review — Part 2

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On Part 2 of this special, post-election edition of the ShiftShapers podcast, we discuss policy ideas that may be seeing a resurgence based on the election outcome and whether these ideas can really bring down costs in the healthcare marketplace.

Jessica Waltman, principal at Forward Health Consulting and our resident expert on all things legislative and regulatory, joins us for Part 2 of our look at health care in this post-election period.

We discuss the theory being floated that an individual health care marketplace will control costs better than the employer-based system currently in place. We are also hearing a great deal about selling across state lines. Jessica walks us through a practical example of how that theory actually performed in the Georgia market. And finally, we touch on the third rail in health care: dealing with hyperinflated and runaway costs on the supply side.

We also explore whether to expect any initiatives that address one of the largest cost drivers — prescription drugs. We wrap up with a serious discussion of the timing — and the time — it will take to unravel ACA and make meaningful serious reforms, as well as the possible perils of acting too quickly.

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