This series is designed to illuminate how intertwined the health care challenge is with the nation's long-term fiscal challenge. As Congress and the President prepare to create legislation addressing health care reform, it is essential that this linkage is recognized in any reform package. The legislation must address health care cost control and Medicare cost control in a way that can work quickly to get the nation on a more sustainable fiscal path, especially since demographic changes by themselves will severely strain entitlement programs and the broader federal budget.
David Koitz is a consultant in social policy and entitlement programs. For many years he worked as a specialist at the Congressional Research Service in the Library of Congress and the Congressional Budget Office, where he routinely analyzed retirement issues for congressional committees, notably the House Ways and Means Committee, the Senate Finance Committee, and the Budget Committees in both chambers. During his long tenure on Capitol Hill he was often sought out for his non-partisan advice on pending legislation, particularly measures dealing with Social Security, pensions, and health care programs. He and his wife, Gretchen, live in Bethesda, Maryland. He is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts and The American University.