Henry J. Aaron

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Senior Fellow, Economic Studies | The Bruce and Virginia MacLaury Chair

A noted health care expert, Henry Aaron focuses on the reform of health care financing; public systems such as Medicare and Medicaid; Social Security; and tax and budget policy. | View Full Bio

  • In the News

    The cost of health care is going to keep going up. It’s going to go up because we’re getting older and as we get older we use more health care and it’s going to go up because science is keeping on producing wonderful new things that physicians and hospitals can do. And they cost money. What we can do is eliminate the needlessly expensive way in which we now provide health care.

    January 7, 2013, Henry J. Aaron, Nightly Business Report
  • In the News

    [Mitt Romney] belongs to a very conservative party that hates this [health care] bill, many members of which have sworn that they’d rather eat ground glass than let this law go forward. But there is the conflicting problem of, ‘If you break it, you own it.’ [He will own] anything that goes wrong with the health-care system down the road.

    July 10, 2012, Henry J. Aaron, The Washington Post
  • Expert Q & A | Henry J. Aaron

    Supreme Court Decides Affordable Care Act Is Constitutional

    June 28, 2012

  • In the News

    The Ryan–Wyden [budget] plan is not a plan. It is a press release, so vague in its description that it could mean many and quite different things. Given what Ryan has said in his latest budget proposal, I would be amazed if he and Wyden could come to agreement on legislative language.

    April 1, 2012, Henry J. Aaron, The Hill
  • In the News

    Tax reform is ferociously difficult. If you tackle it straight up, the likelihood of success is rather small.

    February 6, 2012, Henry J. Aaron, FoxNews
  • In the News

    Over the long haul, [Medicare] beneficiaries will have to pay more and taxpayers will have to pay more.

    July 15, 2011, Henry J. Aaron, Los Angeles Times
  • Interview | The Washington Post

    Creator of Premium Support Says Ryan Has "Vouchers, Not Premium Support"

    April 12, 2011

  • In the News

    The best thing that these various [deficit] commissions have done is to raise public consciousness about very genuine problems.

    December 2, 2010, Henry J. Aaron, Bloomberg
  • In the News

    The Democrats have allowed the debate to be framed as whether it is a good idea to raise taxes on anyone, even the rich, in a recession.

    September 27, 2010, Henry J. Aaron, Bloomberg

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