Senior Research Fellow Robert (Bob) Moffit stays busy working in Heritage’s Center for Health Policy Studies.
However, in his spare time he also serves as Chairman of the Maryland Healthcare Commission where he is making a huge difference in reforming the healthcare system in Maryland.
When the announcement of Moffit’s appointment as Chairman was made this May the Washington Post had this to say:
Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R) on Tuesday appointed a leading critic of the Obama administration’s Affordable Care Act to chair the state’s health-care commission, drawing immediate criticism from Democrats.
Robert E. Moffit has served as a member of the commission, which oversees hospitals and health care in the state, since 2015. A senior fellow at the conservative Heritage Foundation, he has called for a full repeal of the federal health-care law, promoted Medicare vouchers and applauded the controversial health-care bill that House Republicans passed last week.
Last week, in his new role as Chairman, he led an effort to establish medical price transparency for elective hospital services in the State of Maryland.
Moffit’s focus on lifting the veil on hospital prices was already widely anticipated. At the time of his appointment as Chairman of the Commission last year, Moffit stated clearly that among his top priorities was price transparency in Maryland hospitals as well as broader regulatory reform of the Maryland health care system.
Concerning price transparency, Moffit said,
Despite the fact that health care will soon consume roughly one out of five dollars in our wallets, Americans know more about the price of a gallon of gasoline than they do about the price of common medical procedures. Hospital bills, in particular, are often mysterious. We also know that the price of elective hospital procedures, such as knee replacements or vaginal birth deliveries, vary widely.
Sunshine will spur more intense competition and innovation in care delivery. Markets cannot function unless the consumers know the prices of the services they are buying. So that is why the Maryland Health Care Commission adopted a market-based solution to a widespread market problem.
Please join me in congratulating Moffit on his work towards a more conservative healthcare system.
Heritage is grateful for the service of people like Moffit who never tire in their work to increase the freedom of the American people–whether at Heritage or on their own time.
What questions would you like to ask Moffit related to our current healthcare system?