Policy Documents

No. 128 The Obamacare Disaster

Peter Ferrara –
September 24, 2010

Earlier this year, Congress passed and President Barack Obama signed into law the “Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.” The act’s supporters said it would achieve the long-sought goal of universal health insurance while preserving the high quality and freedom of choice that are the hallmarks of America’s health care system.

Peter Ferrara says the act’s supporters are wrong. “Obamacare,” he writes in the conclusion to this Heartland Policy Study, “is a disaster. Rather than liberate the American health care system from bureaucracy and waste, it blankets it with more of both, suffocating innovation and destroying freedom. The result is a system that is inconsistent with the freedom, prosperity, high living standards, and traditions of the American people.”

Ferrara has been writing books and reports on health care and entitlement reform for three decades. He served as a senior staff member in the White House Office of Policy Development under President Ronald Reagan and as associate deputy attorney general under President George H.W. Bush. He also has served as an associate professor of law at the George Mason University School of Law. He received an undergraduate degree in economics magna cum laude from Harvard College and a J.D. cum laude from Harvard Law School.