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Alice Rivlin

Former Vice Chair, Federal Reserve Board and Senior Fellow, The Brookings Institution
One of the most influential policymakers in Washington, Alice Rivlin is renowned as a visionary thinker with a keen eye on the changing state of the national economy, the health system and the state of U.S. cities.
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The Future of Health Care Spending

It's a fact: Federal spending will rise rapidly in the next few years for Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. These programs are already more than 40% of federal spending and are rising faster than every other budget line except interest on the debt. Clearly, costs of this kind simply cannot be sustained, and even though health care reform has passed, there are still further political, social and electoral implications. What's the solution? What must be done before three of the country's most important programs become too unwieldy to repair or altogether insolvent? Visionary thinker Alice Rivlin, former vice chair of the Federal Reserve Board tackles the perpetually daunting problem of health care spending with ideas and energy that made her one of the most effective, influential and respected policy makers and economic minds in the country. Navigating the at-times labyrinthine budget process, Rivlin clarifies where the U.S. stands, where it’s headed and what the country needs to do to secure a healthy (and fiscally healthy) future for its citizens.

The Current Outlook for the Economy

What's ahead on the economic horizon? Things seem more than unsettled at the moment: with renewed tension in the Middle East, an unstable housing market and a federal deficit that has increased significantly over the past few years, the implications for the nation's economic health seem muddled and confused and in desperate need of clarification. Alice Rivlin, former vice chair of the Federal Reserve Board and one of the most influential policy makers in Washington, puts her finger on the pulse of the nation's economic health and clarifies the economic clutter to discuss how the latest political and business headlines will shape growth and markets both domestically and internationally.

Meet Alice Rivlin

One of the most influential policymakers in Washington, Alice Rivlin is renowned as a visionary thinker with a keen eye on the changing state of the national economy, the health system and the state of U.S. cities.

A sought-after leader in policy formulation, Alice Rivlin recently completed her service on National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform, a commission to which she was appointed by President Obama to give her trusted views on solving the nation's budget problems. In addition to serving as director of the White House Office of Management and Budget, Rivlin also served as vice chair of the U.S. Federal Reserve Board, was founding director of the Congressional Budget Office and chaired the District of Columbia Control Board. Now a senior fellow at the prestigious Brookings Institution and a professor at Georgetown University, Rivlin briefs audiences on the latest federal budget, health financing and urban policy issues, providing a unique perspective on the future of both short- and long-term public policy.

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