Scandlen is an accomplished writer, researcher, and public speaker. He is considered one of the nation’s experts on health care financing, insurance regulation, and employee benefits. He testifies frequently before Congress and appears on such television shows as the O’Reilly Factor, NBC Nightly News, ABC News, and CNN. Scandlen gives three dozen speeches a year to organizations representing employers and labor, hospitals and physicians, insurers, and pharmaceutical companies.
He has published many papers on topics such as health care costs, insurance reform, employee benefits, individual insurance programs, HSAs and HRAs, and every aspect of consumer-driven health care.
Scandlen has worked for several Washington-based think tanks, including the Cato Institute, National Center for Policy Analysis, and Galen Institute. He was president of the Health Benefits Group, a benefits consulting firm, and founder and executive director of the Council for Affordable Health Insurance, a trade association of insurance companies.. He also spent 12 years in the Blue Cross Blue Shield system, most recently as director of state research at the national association.
I am afraid this outcome is far worse than even I first imagined, and I don’t see any way out, no matter what happens in the election. Repeal will never happen. There will be so much time and money invested in compliance by Feb 2013 that every health care interest group will fight repeal tooth and nail, and many Republicans are more pro-business than they are pro-freedom or pro-citizen.
Plus, many of Romney’s key advisors are go-along kinds of people — John Sununu, Mike Leavitt, the holdovers from Charlie Crist’s campaign, etc. Romney himself has offered to give states a waiver, but that doesn’t change the underlying federal function. At most we might get some modifications in the required benefit structure and the MLR.
I think Obama has fulfilled his promise to “transform America,” and not for the better.