Monday, October 7, 2019
Health care is a leading issue in the 2020 presidential campaign. From a single-payer financing system— Medicare for All—to other sweeping changes, including public options, Medicare and Medicaid buy-ins, and expansion of Obamacare, the Democratic field offers both distinct and over-lapping proposals. Gerald Kominski, professor of health policy and management at UCLA, discusses the differences in these proposals, major barriers to meaningful reform of health care financing, and the prospects for achieving universal coverage in the U.S.
Gerald F. Kominski, Ph.D., is a professor of health policy and management, and senior fellow and former director of the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research in the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health. He is also professor of public policy in the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs.
Kominski’s current research focuses primarily on evaluating the effects of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Throughout his career, he has focused more generally on evaluating the cost and policy impacts of health care reforms, with a special emphasis on public insurance programs, including Medicare, Medicaid, and Workers’ Compensation.
Kominski joined the UCLA faculty in 1989, after spending over three years at the Congressional agency responsible for monitoring Medicare hospital payment policies, now known as the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC).
He received his Ph.D. in public policy analysis from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School in 1985, and his A.B. in chemistry from the University of Chicago in 1978. He is editor and co-author of the best-selling textbook, Changing the U.S. Health Care System: Key Issues in Health Services Policy and Management, which was published in its 4th edition in 2014.