Former Congress Henry Waxman Speaks About Drug Prices and the Affordable Care Act at Spotlight Health in Aspen, CO

Former Congressman Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) and chairman of Waxman Strategies participated last weekend in the Aspen Institute’s annual Spotlight Health event to talk about rising prescription drug prices, as well as, reminisce on the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

On the morning of Saturday, June 23rd, Henry joined Dr. Dave Chokshi, Chief Population Officer of the New York City Health and Hospitals, and Margot Sanger-Katz, health care journalist of the New York Times, for a breakfast discussion on prescription drug prices and policy solutions. Hosted by the Commonwealth Fund, the event was an intimate conversation on how to find balance between access and affordability of prescription drugs, while meeting the needs of vulnerable patient populations.

Saturday evening, Henry joined former Senators Max Baucus (D-Mont.) and Chris Dodd (D-Conn.), along with former Representative George Miller (D-Calif.) and retiring Representative Sander Levin (D-Mich.) on stage for a lively conversation on their work to push the ACA toward passage in 2010. The legislative architects of the ACA shared the stage for the first time to provide insider knowledge of the maneuvering, negotiation, and compromise that led to its passage in 2010.

Moderated by Kaiser Health News’ Julie Rovner, the former Members discussed the partisan battles over the ACA, previous attempts to revamp health care, implementation challenges that arose after passage that were not addressed due to Republican opposition, and the future of health care.