The 2016 Elections' Implications for Health Care Policy

Mark McClellan, right, discusses what's next in health care policy Wednesday at a Roll Call forum. US Senate staff member Rodney Whitlock also participated on the panel. Photo by Jeff Harris
Mark McClellan, right, discusses what's next in health care policy Wednesday at a Roll Call forum. US Senate staff member Rodney Whitlock also participated on the panel. Photo by Jeff Harris

Roll Call hosted a day-long conference in Washington, D.C., on the aftermath of the 2016 election. Mark McClellan, director of the Duke - Margolis Center for Health Policy, spoke on a panel looking at the upcoming health policy agenda for the next administration and Congress.

Citing the results of the Nov. 8 election, Mark McClellan said there are, “major implications for reforming coverage provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).”

He went on to say what he will be watching most closely is how the features of care delivery and costs will develop in whatever Republicans pass to replace the ACA.

McClellan cautioned that it would misread the election to say that lower-income Americans think their health care challenges will go away, but rather they are looking for a better alternative. He cited this as an opportunity for Congress to work closely with states to expand coverage and improve the delivery of care.

Mark McClellan was joined on the panel by Cindy Mann, former deputy administrator and director of the Center for Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program; Rodney Whitlock, former acting policy director for US Senate Finance Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA); and moderator Rebecca Adams, reporter with CQ Roll Call.