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MARCH 25, 2012 


Why Obamacare is Wrong for America        

Today's guest: Grace-Marie Turner - President


About Grace-Marie

Grace-Marie Turner is president of the Galen Institute, a public policy research organization that she founded in 1995 to promote an informed debate over free-market ideas for health reform.

She has been instrumental in developing and promoting ideas for reform that transfer power over health care decisions to doctors and patients. She speaks and writes extensively about incentives to promote a more competitive, patient-centered marketplace in the health sector.

She testifies regularly before Congress and advises senior government officials, governors, and state legislators on health policy.


She is a co-author of Why ObamaCare is Wrong for America, published by HarperCollins in 2011.

Grace-Marie served for a three-year term as a member of the National Advisory Council of Healthcare Research and Quality and served as a member of the Medicaid Commission, charged with making recommendations to modernize and improve Medicaid.

Grace-Marie is founder and facilitator of the Health Policy Consensus Group which serves as a forum for analysts from market-oriented think tanks around the country to analyze and develop policy recommendations. She is the editor of Empowering Health Care Consumers through Tax Reformand produces a widely-read weekly electronic newsletter, Health Policy Matters.

She has been published in major newspapers, including The Wall Street Journal and USA Today, and she has appeared on ABC’s 20/20 and on hundreds of radio and television programs in the U.S. She also received the 2007 Outstanding Achievement Award for Promotion of Consumer Driven Health Care from Consumer Health World. Grace-Marie speaks extensively in the U.S. and abroad, including at the London School of Economics, Oxford University, and the Gregorian University at the Vatican in Rome.

In the mid-1990s, Grace-Marie served as executive director of the National Commission on Economic Growth and Tax Reform. For 12 years, she was president of Arnett & Co., a health policy analysis and communications firm. Her early career was in politics and journalism, where she received numerous awards for her writings on politics and economics.

Grace-Marie received her BA from the University of New Mexico (1969).

Why Obamacare is Wrong for America

BOOK: By Grace-Marie Turner, James C. Capretta, Thomas P. Miller, and Robert E. Moffit


Discussions on our program today:
Why Obamacare is Wrong for America


Court should declare the law unconstitutional
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is unconstitutional down to its very DNA. The Supreme Court can save itself and the country years of litigation by striking down the entire law when it issues its decision this summer.

Two key provisions in the health overhaul law are being challenged in current case — the individual mandate and mandatory Medicaid expansion.

Individual mandate

The law requires virtually everyone in the country to have health insurance starting in 2014. This is the first time the federal government would require private citizens, under penalty of law, to spend their own money on a private product. While there are subsidies for some, the policies will cost an average family as much as $20,000 by the time the act is fully up and running.

Never before has the Commerce Clause of the Constitution been used to compel private citizens who simply want to mind their own business to spend their own money and compel them to engage in commerce.

A new ABC News/Washington Post poll found that two-thirds of Americans say the court should throw out the whole law or at least the individual mandate, showing the depth of public opposition.


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