Highlights: January 2012

We always are working to make sure our communication tools are state-of-the-art, and our website is a key element. Our terrific team at the Galen Institute — led by Tara and Jena Persico — oversaw development of our dynamic new website and its powerful capabilities, including videos, blogs, RSS feeds, social media links, and all of the quality research you expect from us. It’s robust, easy to navigate, and jam-packed with information and resources.

Our website is our face to the world and the one place on the web where visitors know they will be able to get the best news and research on market-based health policy. We provide up-to-the-minute reports on major developments, such as the presidential candidates’ positions on health reform, repeal of ObamaCare’s CLASS Act, and the latest outrage over ObamaCare’s violation of religious liberty. Read on for highlights of these and other issues we’ve written about this month.


The Wall Street Journal published Grace-Marie’s commentary on “Scoring Last Week’s RomneyCare Debate,” which Rush Limbaugh read in its entirety on his show the day it was published.

Is the Affordable Care Act living up to its promise to make health care more affordable? Grace-Marie answered “No!” in her latest pro/con piece, entitled “Families continue to pay more as insurance premiums rise.” It was published in more than 65 newspapers in 28 states, including The Orange County Register, Honolulu Star-Advertiser, Austin American Statesman, and Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

Grace-Marie’s biweekly column, Health Matters, debuted on Forbes.com in January. Her recent commentaries include: Big Brother is Watching Your Doctor; Private Health Insurers Are Being Driven Out Of The Markets, Affecting Millions; and Repeal Of ObamaCare’s CLASS Act Is Essential.

Grace-Marie’s commentary, “Mitt Romney’s Achilles’ Heel,” was the number one most clicked story on The American Spectator during the week it was published and was also featured in Real Clear Politics.

Grace-Marie contributed several posts to The Corner and Critical Condition blogs on National Review Online: The Sebelius deceit; Religious liberty: The latest target of ObamaCare; and Defend Freedom — Repeal CLASS.

We also submitted comments to HHS on the impact of medical loss ratio regulations on Health Savings Accounts.

Galen in the News

We gave 15 radio interviews in January to regional shows and nationally syndicated programs, including:

We also gave interviews to National Journal, Politico, The Orange County Register, National Catholic Register and others. Our scholars were quoted in numerous articles about single-payer systems, RomneyCare, the impact of ObamaCare on religious liberty, physician education, the CLASS Act, and other issues by news outlets across the country, including:

Speeches & Events

Grace-Marie gave an overview of ObamaCare and its impact at the Awakenings Conference in Kiawah Island, South Carolina.

Grace-Marie spoke at The Heritage Foundation forum on “Beyond the Individual Mandate: Why ObamaCare Must Be Repealed,” with Sally Pipes, Michael Tanner, and moderator Nina Owcharenko.

Grace-Marie spoke about Why ObamaCare Is Wrong for America on the weekly call with state coordinators for the Tea Party Patriots.

And she gave a presentation on “Health Reform: Where are we now?” to the Greater Washington Association of Health Underwriters in Rockville, Maryland.

Chris Condeluci was our keynote speaker on the January State Leaders Call, jointly hosted by the Galen Institute, Institute for Policy Innovation, and State Policy Network. Chris talked to the group about private exchanges.

We participated in meetings of the Repeal Coalition, and we were invited to and arranged meetings with Members of Congress, state legislators, colleagues, and candidates to discuss the impact of the health law and free-market solutions to reform.