Easing the Burden: Does Health Care Cost Too Much and How Do We Pay for It? A panel at the 2007 Aspen Health Forum with discussants Dan Crippen, Peter Orszag, Ezekiel Emanuel and Bill Frist.
Health care spending continues to rise even as policymakers, government officials and business leaders debate the best ways to control costs and extend coverage to those without it. Adopting healthy lifestyles is part of the equation, but the question remains: How can we pay for all of the medicine we want? We consider options that will help us avoid the most expensive approach: inaction- Aspen Institute
Dan Crippen, an economist and health policy expert, is a Former Director of the Congressional Budget Office. He also served in senior positions in the White House and Senate, including as Deputy Assistant to the President for Domestic Policy during the Reagan administration, and is a specialist in issues relating to the federal budget, health care and retirement.
In 2003, after four years of leadership at the Congressional Budget Office, Dr. Crippen stepped down and became a consultant for healthcare providers, including developers of cardiac devices and bio-engineered pharmaceuticals. He serves on several boards of companies in the health care industry as well as on the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget and the CBO Panel of Economic Advisors. In addition, Dr. Crippen chairs the Quadrennial Social Security Technical Advisory Panel, reviewing the work of Social Security actuaries. He received his master's and PhD from Ohio State University.
Ezekiel J. 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.
William H. Frist
Senator Bill Frist, heart and lung transplant surgeon and former Majority Leader of the U.S. Senate, is the Distinguished Schultz Visiting Professor of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University. He is focused on domestic health reform, the basic science of heart transplantation, global health policy, health care disparities, information technology, medical mission work in Sudan, genocide in Darfur, the health of the mountain gorilla, and HIV.
He graduated from Princeton majoring in health policy at the Woodrow Wilson School and Harvard Medical School, completing surgical residency at Massachusetts General Hospital and heart transplantation fellowship at Stanford. He is board certified in general surgery and heart and lung surgery. He has performed over 150 heart and lung transplants, has authored 100 peer-reviewed medical articles, over 400 newspaper articles, and 5 books (on bioterrorism, transplantation). His board service includes Save the Children, Committee on Conscience (U.S. Holocaust Museum), Smithsonian Museum of Natural History, CSIS.
Peter Orszag is an American economist, currently serving as Vice Chairman of Global Banking at Citigroup. He also creates a bimonthly column for Bloomberg View, where he writes about topics such as bipartisanship, the American class divide, unemployment, and other economy-related issues. Orszag is currently an adjunct senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations. He resides and works in New York City.
Ron Winslow is Deputy Editor of Health and Science and a senior medical and health care writer for The Wall Street Journal. In the past 16 years, he has written about 1,100 articles describing new medical and health care research and chronicling the economic forces transforming the nation's health care system.
He received the Howard Lewis Award for career achievement from the American Heart Association in 2003 and his work has been honored by the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill and other groups. He is a member of the National Association of Science Writers, and was a founding board member of the Association of Health Care Journalists.