25th Annual Dr. Raymond C. Grandon Lecture: The Impact of HealthCare on the 2016 Election

Gail R. Wilensky, PhD, Economist and Senior Fellow Project HOPE

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Gail R. Wilensky, Ph.D. is an Economist and Senior Fellow at Project HOPE, an international health foundation. She directed the Medicare and Medicaid programs and served in the White House as a senior adviser on health and welfare issues to President GHW Bush. She was also the first chair of the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission. Her expertise is on strategies to reform health care, with particular emphasis on Medicare, comparative effectiveness research and military health care.

Dr. Wilensky currently serves as a trustee of the Combined Benefits Fund of the United Mine Workers of America and the National Opinion Research Center, is on the Board of Regents of the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USUHS) and the Board of Directors of the Geisinger Health System Foundation, United Health Group, Quest Diagnostics and Brainscope.

She is an elected member of the Institute of Medicine, served two terms on its governing council and currently chairs the Healthcare Servicing Board. She is a former chair of the board of directors of Academy Health, a former trustee of the American Heart Association and a current or former director of numerous other non-profit organizations. Dr. Wilensky testifies frequently before Congressional committees, serves as an adviser to members of Congress and other elected officials, and speaks nationally and internationally. She received a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a Ph.D. in economics at the University of Michigan and has received several honorary degrees


Program Overview:

The candidates in the 2016 Presidential election have very different policy approaches to health care, spanning the spectrum from "repeal and replace to the ACA" to "Medicare for all". Since the ACA was signed into law in 2010, healthcare has undergone a tremendous transformation and all of America, from individuals, to organizations, to the government, have been scrambling to put policies and procedures in place to meet the health-care reforms mandated by the law. This election has the potential to change many of the policies outlined in the ACA. This program will explore the potential impact of each of the candidates' approaches and implications for health policy and the ACA.


After completing this knowledge-based activity, participants should be able to:

1. Identify the differences in positions between the two major parties and between individual candidates within the parties.

2. Describe the very different impact of the national healthcare debate on primary elections and candidate campaigns.

3. Discuss the potential implications of election-driven changes in the Affordable Care Act on healthcare policy, delivery systems, and funding given one of the following scenarios: split government control, full Republican control, and full Democratic control.

Presentation: 1:06:20

PowerPoint slides at bottom of page.