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Joseph R. Antos is the Wilson H. Taylor Scholar in Health Care and Retirement Policy at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI). He also is a Commissioner of the Maryland Health Services Cost Review Commission, and an Adjunct Professor at the Gillings School of Global Public Health of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Prior to joining AEI, he was Assistant Director for Health and Human Resources at the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), and he held senior positions in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the Office of Management and Budget, and the President’s Council of Economic Advisers. He also has extensive experience as an adviser to the U.S. Agency for International Development, the World Bank, and governments in Europe and Asia.


Mr. Antos has written, lectured, and testified before Congress on the economics of health policy, including Medicare and broader health system reform, health care financing, health insurance regulation, and the uninsured. He is the editor with Alice Rivlin of Restoring Fiscal Sanity 2007: The Health Spending Challenge (Brookings Institution Press, 2007). He is past chairman of the Coalition for Health Services Research, a member of CBO’s panel of health advisers, and he serves on a variety of professional boards. He earned his Ph.D. in economics from the University of Rochester.


Recent Posts by Joseph Antos

A Market-Based Contingency Plan for King v. Burwell

If the Supreme Court rules in favor of the plaintiffs in the King v. Burwell case, Congress will have the opportunity to advance health-care policies that expand consumer choice, increase coverage, deliver better value for the dollar, and allow state governments more say over health care policy.

Unpacking The Burr-Hatch-Upton Plan

Anticipating the upcoming Supreme Court decision on King v. Burwell, which could halt health insurance subsidies available through the federal exchange, Republican Senators Richard Burr and Orrin Hatch joined with Representative Fred Upton to propose a comprehensive replacement for the...

Reforming Medicare: What Does The Public Want?

Is Medicare adequately meeting the needs of seniors, or are there ways that its core attributes could be improved? Numerous elected officials, policymakers, and other thought leaders have offered perspectives on ways to change the program. Few efforts, however, have been directed at...

A Health Reform Framework: Breaking Out Of The Medicaid Model

Editor's note: This post is coauthored by Joseph Antos and James Capretta. A primary aim of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) is to expand insurance coverage, especially among households with lower incomes. The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) projects that about...

A Senate GOP Health Reform Proposal: The Burr-Coburn-Hatch Plan

Republican Senators Richard Burr, Tom Coburn, and Orrin Hatch recently released a blueprint for repealing and replacing Obamacare, called the Patient Choice, Affordability, Responsibility, and Empowerment Act, or the Patient CARE Act (PCA). The plan is getting significant attention from...

After The Fall (Off The Fiscal Cliff)

Republicans were handed a convincing defeat at the polls, not only losing the race for the presidency but also losing ground in the Senate. The good news for the country is that Republican leadership is not in denial. The day after the election, Speaker of the House John Boehner outlined a...

After The Supreme Court, Higher Cost and Unrealistic Timeline Will Force Major Changes

The Supreme Court has spoken, but problems built into the Affordable Care Act (ACA) have not been resolved by the decision and may have worsened.  Even accepting the law’s assumptions about how the health system should be reformed, actually putting all the pieces in place is exceptionally...

The Ryan Plan: The Cliffs Notes Version Of Republican Health Reform

For the second year in a row, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) has advanced a comprehensive budget plan that would restructure Medicare and Medicaid, repeal the big-spending portions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), and ultimately resolve the fiscal crisis facing this country.  Critics react that the...

The Debt Ceiling Deal: Kicking The Can Down The Road

Editor’s Note: Below, Joseph Antos provides his take on Budget Control Act of 2011, which embodies the deal reached by President Obama and congressional leaders to increase the nation’s debt ceiling. See also Jonathan Oberlander’s post on the same topic. Congressional leaders...

State of the Union: A Taste Of Budgets To Come

Editor’s Note: Below, Joseph Antos, the Wilson H. Taylor Scholar in Health Care and Retirement Policy at the American Enterprise Institute, discusses President Obama’s State of the Union address. See other posts on this topic by Len Nichols and Kavita Patel.  In his State of the Union address,...