How does the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act affect access to health care coverage, the quality of care, the pricing of services and market innovations?
These questions, among others, were the focus of a debate at the offices of The Denver Post on September 20. Moderated by Michael Booth, a Denver Post health care reporter and former Colorado Governor Richard Lamm, the debate pitted Ezekiel Emanuel, a chief architect of the Affordable Care Act, against Linda Gorman, who represents a Denver-based free market think tank.
Chief among her complaints is that PPACA shuts off promising healthcare reforms that are underway in the states; that the law fails to contain healthcare costs as promised; and that it unnecessarily limits healthcare choices available to patients.
"If you're an Obamacare architect, your solution is to limit individual choice," she said. "Obamacare limits the types of treatments that patients can access, the doctors they can see, and the demand for health care services generally."