ACA Repeal & Replace: New Jersey’s Response

NJ Spotlight News | April 11, 2017 | Roundtables
On the day of the vote that wasn't, experts came together to discuss the issues at an NJ Spotlight Roundtable

On March 24, 2017, as Washington played will-they-or-won’t-they with the repeal and replacement of the Affordable Care Act, NJ Spotlight hosted a conference on what New Jersey’s response would be. While in the end the bill died without a vote, the issues discussed that day continue to resonate as lawmakers and experts consider the ramifications of healthcare reform in America.

In the opening session, Congressman Frank Pallone sent in a video explaining his thoughts on the Republican proposal. Afterwards, NJ Spotlight healthcare writer Lilo H. Stainton and Princeton University’s Heather Howard discussed the politics of the situation, and took questions from the audience.

Panel I: The ACA and Medicaid: Protecting Vulnerable Residents

Panelists discussed how the Affordable Care Act’s Medicaid expansion extended government coverage to nearly 500,000 New Jersey residents. Discussion included how a repeal would affect these patients and the healthcare providers who care for them. Panelists also explored what options, including federal block grants, exist to cover them.


Maura Collinsgru, healthcare program director, Citizen Action

Heather Howard, Princeton University

Matt D’Oria, Medicaid 2.0 chief transformation officer,
New Jersey Health Care Quality Institute

Erhardt Preitauer, senior vice president for government programs, Horizon NJ Health

Sen. Joseph F. Vitale (D-Middlesex), Senate Health Committee chairman,
New Jersey Legislature


Lilo H. Stainton, NJ Spotlight

Panel II: The ACA and the Market: Affordable and Sustainable Solutions

Panelists discussed how the ACA changed the insurance marketplace and how a repeal of this segment — and other popular insurance reforms — would impact the insurance market, quality of health plans, and other aspects of healthcare.


Ray Castro, senior policy analyst, New Jersey Policy Perspective

Lawrence Downs, Esq., CEO, Medical Society of New Jersey

Alan C. Monheit, chair, Department of Health Systems and Policy,
Rutgers School of Public Health

John Sarno, president, Employers Association of New Jersey

Linda Schwimmer, president and CEO, New Jersey Health Care Quality Institute

Christine Stearns, executive director and general counsel, Better Choices,
Better Care NJ


Lilo H. Stainton, NJ Spotlight

Sponsored by: Employers Association of New Jersey; Better Choices, Better Care NJ; Horizon NJ Health, and the Medical Society of New Jersey. ACA Repeal and Replace: New Jersey’s Response was held March 24, 2017 at the Robert Wood Johnson Conference Center in Hamilton, NJ. For more information, see

Better Choices Better Care
Horizon NJ Health
MSNJ Medical Society of New Jersey