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Summary

The Affordable Health Care Act (ACA)—also known as “Obamacare”—has been called the most important social policy legislation in decades. The law aims to expand health coverage by making insurance affordable and available to most Americans while also improving the quality of care and bending the health care cost curve. But it has also been the subject of controversy in how it accomplishes those goals, given that changing the distribution of incomes was not a stated objective. Nonetheless, the ACA does more to reduce income inequality than any other recently enacted legislation. 

On January 27, Economic Studies at Brookings hosted an event to present the results of a study on how a large an impact the law will have on the amount and form of income for millions. Senior Fellows Henry Aaron and Gary Burtless presented new research on who gains and who loses and how much they gain or lose, which was followed by a panel discussion with former Congressional Budget Office Director and George W. Bush economist Douglas Holtz-Eakin, former trustee for the Social Security and Medicare trust funds Marilyn Moon, and Princeton professor Uwe Reinhardt.

Read the Henry Aaron and Gary Burtless paper "Potential Effects of the Affordable Care Act on Income Inequality" »

Event Agenda

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  • Panel Discussion

    • Marilyn Moon

      Senior Vice President and Director

      Health Program American Institutes for Research

    • Douglas Holtz-Eakin

      President

      American Action Forum

    • Uwe Reinhardt

      James Madison Professor of Political Economy

      Woodrow Wilson School, Princeton University

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January 27, 2014

10:00 AM - 12:00 PM EST

Brookings Institution

Falk Auditorium

1775 Massachusetts Avenue NW

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