This course is focused on federal health policy-making institutions and the technical and strategic issues one must consider when developing health policy. The institutional focus will be on Congress and the Executive branch legislative and rule making process. The Congressional institutions analyzed include the Committees of jurisdiction in the House and Senate, the Congressional Research Service and the Congressional Budget Office. In the Executive Branch we will examine the rule making process, he role of the office of Management and Budget and the interplay between regulations, the Congress and the courts. Case studies in health policy failures and successes will be used to examine lessons on legislative and regulatory strategies. Examples include Clinton health care reform, Medicare Catastrophic, Tobacco regulation and the Hatch Waxman Act among others.
No prerequisites required.