Speakers include Robert Blendon, professor of health policy and political analysis; John McDonough, director of the Center for Public Health Leadership; Katherine Baicker, professor of health economics; Arnold Epstein, chair, department of health policy and management
Fellow livebloggers include my colleague at Reuters Health @andrewmseaman and @ForumHSPH #electionhealth
Regarding the last link: With the Affordable Care Act mostly secured, hospital shares jumped while health insurers saw their shares fall.
The reason for that? Hospitals may pay less out of pocket as more people become insured thanks to the law. For insurers, however, the law puts limits on their profits.
Join us for a live discussion at 10.30 am ET on the future of U.S. healthcare during President Barack Obama's second term. Reuters health policy correspondent David Morgan moderates a panel of experts from Harvard School of Public Health
From our panel with Harvard School of Public Health - Bob Blendon: this is no status quo election for healthcare reform law, but vote was a clear rejection of changing Medicare
Blendon: Republicans still don't need to expand or fund the Affordable Care Act, a major implication for uninsured in 30 states with Republican governors
John McDonough says the important issue is that the law moves forward and survives. In the administration, he says we'll see a number of rules and regulations come down. He adds that in Congress we'll see some of the law's funding on the table.
McDonough: Elections represented third survival challenge for Obama's healthcare law, looming U.S. fiscal cliff and other challenges may still reshape it considerably
McDonough says there is a possibility that we'll see a larger national exchange, even if that was not the intent of the people who designed the law.
McDonough: Medicaid could become hyper-politicized as never before, as states weigh whether to expand the program or not
Baicker points out that the U.S. knows how to expand healthcare coverage, but the question on how to influence spending is "thornier."
Baicker: We need to address deficit issues like those posed by Medicare, before we "end up like Greece" #electionhealth
First question from a cardiologist on why the U.S. healthcare system is taxing innovation. In this case, medical devices.
McDonough says the medical device tax is one of the ways the law raises revenue within the healthcare industry. #electionhealth
Question from online audience: How much do Americans understand their benefits, has that improved with this election? Blendon says, very little #electionhealth
Morgan asks Blendon about Ryan's Medicare proposal, and whether it could succeed in the future. #electionhealth
Blendon: You will see a Ryan-type Medicare proposal re-emerge after this presidential term after Republicans saw it didn't cost them votes #electionhealth
Baicker says she hopes the underlying idea of Ryan's plan doesn't die and reemerges at some point. #ElectionHealth
@DMorganReuters asks, do we now need laws to control healthcare costs? #electionhealth
Baicker: U.S. healthcare costs so much more, and outcomes not necessarily better than other countries. Not clear to me how effective ACA efforts to cut costs will be #electionhealth
Epstein: Cutting costs will take experimentation and alternatives to fee for service. We will also likely leverage off state based health exchanges to bring down costs, as we have seen in Massachusetts
Online question: What about VA benefits? Will they be changed? McDonough says, "Not at all." #ElectionHealth
In banter, Blendon suggests that there may be some deal sacrificing IPAB for money to set up a federal insurance exchange. #electionhealth
That money, according to McDonough, will have to come through the Republican-controlled House. #ElectionHealth
A cardiac surgeon asks why Obama never sat down with the "purveyors of very high-cost healthcare." McDonough says it did happen, and continues to.
Baicker said it's also hard to ask people: How much do you do that is worthwhile?
New online question from Romania: Do you think the Obama administration should intensify efforts to lower medical bills? #ElectionHealth
Baicker says US can't undermine future health gains (reducing profit), but still get people the care they need. #ElectionHealth