Kenneth Thorpe, Ph.D.

Last week, the Partnership for the Future of Medicare and the National Coalition on Health Care co-sponsored a roundtable on Capitol Hill, addressing innovation and reform in Medicare and Medicare Advantage (MA). Senators Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Johnny Isakson (R-GA) served as featured speakers, discussing their own Medicare efforts, centered on the need to update the program to better serve beneficiaries with chronic ailments and associated health care needs that have significantly changed since the program’s inception in 1965.

Lanhee Chen and Topher Spiro

PFM Advisory Board Member Lanhee Chen co-authored an Op-ed that appeared in Politico.

The debate over health-care policy has become so polarized that it’s hard to see how progress on any new reforms can be possible. But here’s a health-care reform that can attract bipartisan support: transparency in price and quality information.

Kenneth Thorpe

I. The Need for Medicare Reform

Doug Holtz-Eakin, Ph.D. and Kenneth Thorpe, Ph.D.

Every day, 10,000 people in the U.S. celebrate their 65th birthday, making each one of these seniors eligible for Medicare. The very program that gives America's seniors access to affordable health care will turn a youngish 48 on July 30, but in a biting irony, it could go bankrupt before reaching its 65th birthday.