In contrast, Obama's health care proposal could reduce national health care spending by $200 billion to $275 billion and federal spending by approximately $100 billion by the year 2012.
Obama's health care plan, says Thorpe, includes a number of components designed to improve the quality of care and make health care more affordable over time. Key initiatives in the Obama plan include broad-scale adoption of health information technology, along with changes in financial incentives for physicians to promote evidence-based, best practice coordinated care management programs. In addition, Obama's plan encourages wider use of lifestyle change and wellness programs designed to reduce obesity and its associated costly conditions, such as diabetes, heart disease and stroke.
Thorpe is the former Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health Policy in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services under President Clinton. He regularly testifies before the U.S. House and Senate on issues of health care financing, insurance and health care reform, advises state governments on health reform efforts, and is a frequent commentator for print and broadcast media.
Dr. Thorpe's analyses of Sens. McCain and Obama's health care proposals are available at:
|SOURCE Emory University|
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