James C. Capretta

James Capretta, a former associate director at the White House Office of Management and Budget, is a fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center.

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How The GOP Could Nudge The Uninsured Toward Coverage

by James C. Capretta, Lanhee J. Chenvia Wall Street Journal
Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Automatically enroll many Americans in no-premium, high-deductible policies unless they opt out.


Macra: The Quiet Health-Care Takeover

by James C. Capretta, Lanhee J. Chenvia Wall Street Journal
Tuesday, May 31, 2016

A 962-page rule puts the federal government between doctors and patients.

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Healthy Budget, Healthy Americans

by Lanhee J. Chen, James C. Caprettavia Hoover Digest
Monday, April 18, 2016

Six ways to put consumers, and not bureaucrats, in control.


Instead Of ObamaCare: Giving Health-Care Power To The People

by Lanhee J. Chen, James C. Caprettavia Wall Street Journal
Friday, January 22, 2016
The next president can replace the Affordable Care Act and focus on consumer choice. Here’s how.
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A Market-Based Contingency Plan For King V. Burwell

by Lanhee J. Chen, James C. Capretta, Yuval Levin, Ramesh Ponnuru, Joseph Antos, Thomas Miller, Avik Roy, Gail R. Wilensky, David Wilsonvia Health Affairs
Monday, June 15, 2015

If the Supreme Court rules in favor of the plaintiffs in the King v. Burwell case, Congress will have the opportunity to advance health care policies that expand consumer choice, increase coverage, deliver better value for the dollar, and allow state governments more say over health care policy.

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Remember ‘Reconciliation’? The GOP Can Move An Agenda Without Democratic Support

by Lanhee J. Chen, James C. Caprettavia National Review
Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Congressional Republicans are engaged in an important internal discussion over how best to use the arcane procedural mechanism known as “budget reconciliation.” Making the right decision about how to employ reconciliation could be the difference between a successful start to a conservative policy revival, or a lost year.

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Lessons From The 1995 Strategy

by James C. Capretta, Lanhee J. Chenvia The Weekly Standard
Monday, December 1, 2014

The Republican victory in the midterm election was decisive. Now the victors must chart a sensible course for the next two years—one that demonstrates they can be trusted as America’s governing party and sets the table for 2016.

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4 Rules for Replacing Obamacare

by Lanhee J. Chen, James C. Caprettavia Politico Magazine
Thursday, October 16, 2014

Republicans are in a strong position as the midterm election approaches. They are nearly certain to retain control of the House of Representatives in the next Congress and may pick up a few seats to add to their majority. They are also poised to make gains in the Senate, perhaps even adding the six seats necessary to take control of the upper chamber—and maybe more.

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The Other Stealthy ObamaCare Menace

by Lanhee J. Chen, James C. Caprettavia Wall Street Journal
Thursday, April 24, 2014

The Affordable Care Act's Independent Payment Advisory Board has been so heavily criticized for being an unaccountable body with the power to effectively ration Medicare services that many congressional Democrats no longer support it.

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The Next Four Years of Fiscal Conservatism: What Must Be Done to Sustain the Nation

by Charles Blahous, James C. Caprettavia e21, Economic Policies for the 21st Century
Tuesday, January 22, 2013