|We’re back again with another lunch feature, this time with Smith-Free health lobbyist Michael Gaffin.
Democrats’ next move on health care: Democrats accomplished their biggest health care policy goal in a decade, realistically last year, right? I mean getting the IRA done, including drug pricing reform in that bill is a massive legislative accomplishment. What’s next?
Longest night on the Hill: The markup of the ACA that was in Ed and Labor that went overnight.
Best health care negotiator: Certainly most accomplished is Speaker Pelosi with an assist by Mr. [Wendell] Primus. You have the two most influential Democratic-led health care bills that were done both under very difficult circumstances.
Health policy hill you’ll die on: It’s just my belief that for-profit health care isn’t necessarily a bad thing. I mean, there are plenty of great examples of innovators in the health care space who’ve come from the for-profit side and changed delivery, access and care.
1 fun fact: As a big golfer, I was upset I wasn’t on Golf Digest’s list of top 100 golfers for 2023. I think the list was incomplete this year! (Gaffin has been previously listed on other top golf lists.)