Professor Orentlicher Takes Part in Health Care Reform Panel at Houston Law


Professor David OrentlicherIU McKinney Professor David Orentlicher was part of a panel discussion at the University of Houston Law Center tasked with examining the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and whether it is succeeding.

The panel discussion was part of the 18th Annual Frankel Lecture at the law school, held October 31. Panelists determined that it was entirely too early to determine whether the reforms would succeed, that patience is needed to see if the act will meet its goals and be accepted by the public, and that the public remains confused by the reforms.

Professor Orentlicher said that the law so far is “falling short” of its many goals. It was supposed to lower insurance costs, not merely limit increases, and it was supposed to provide universal health care, but many people will still go without health insurance.

“The ACA may do more for economic health than physical health. It’s a drop in the bucket. It could have done a lot more,” Professor Orentlicher said during the panel discussion.

Professor Orentlicher is a Samuel R. Rosen Professor of Law and co-director of the William S. and Christine S. Hall Center for Law and Health. He received his M.D. from Harvard Medical School, and his J.D. from Harvard Law School.

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