Scholars and Staff

Grace-Marie Turner imageGrace-Marie Turner


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Grace-Marie Turner is president of the Galen Institute, a public policy research organization that she founded in 1995 to promote an informed debate over free-market ideas for health reform.

She has been instrumental in developing and promoting ideas for reform to transfer power over health care decisions to doctors and patients.  She speaks and writes extensively about incentives to promote a more competitive, patient-centered marketplace in the health sector.

  • She testifies regularly before Congress and advises senior government officials, governors, and state legislators on health policy.
  • She was named by the Speaker of the House in 2013 to serve as a member of the Long Term Care Commission.
  • Previously, Grace-Marie served for a three-year term on the National Advisory Board for the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, and she served as a member of the Medicaid Commission, making recommendations to modernize and improve Medicaid.

She has been published in hundreds of major newspapers, including The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times,and USA Today, and has appeared on hundreds of radio and television programs. She edited Empowering Health Care Consumers through Tax Reformand has contributed to numerous other books. Grace-Marie speaks extensively in the U.S. and abroad, including Harvard University, the London School of Economics, Oxford University, and the Gregorian University at the Vatican.

Grace-Marie is founder and facilitator of the Health Policy Consensus Group which serves as a forum for analysts from market-oriented think tanks around the country to analyze and develop policy recommendations. She serves on the board of the Steamboat Institute and is a volunteer advisor to the Catholic Medical Association, Docs4PatientCare, and other organizations.

She received the 2007 Outstanding Achievement Award for Promotion of Consumer Driven Health Care from Consumer Health World. In the mid-1990s, Grace-Marie served as executive director of the National Commission on Economic Growth and Tax Reform. For 12 years, she was president of Arnett & Co., a health policy analysis and communications firm. Her early career was in politics and journalism where she received numerous awards for her writings on politics and economics.

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Doug Badger

Senior Fellow

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Doug Badger’s career in public policy spans more than three decades and includes stints as a policy adviser to the White House, the U.S. Senate, the Department of Health and Human Services, and the Social Security Administration.

As a senior White House adviser to President George W. Bush, Doug developed the Administration’s proposal for adding prescription drug coverage to Medicare and represented the White House in negotiations with Congress that resulted in enactment of the Medicare Modernization Act.  He also advised the President on other health-related matters, including Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement issues and the creation of health savings accounts.

Doug later served as Deputy Assistant to the President for Legislative Affairs, where he helped formulate Administration policy and legislative strategy on a broad range of issues, including health care, energy, taxes, financial services, pensions and employee benefits, intellectual property, trade, and telecommunications.

After leaving the White House, Doug became a partner at The Nickles Group, where his practice included health care, intellectual property, and financial services.  He had also been a partner at Washington Council Ernst & Young, where he had a similar practice.

Doug also served for a decade as a U.S. Senate aide, serving as Chief of Staff to Assistant Majority Leader Don Nickles and Staff Director of the Senate Republican Policy Committee.

Doug writes for the Galen Institute, The Heritage Foundation, and maintains a blog at Doug’s Brief Case.

Kara Jones

Editor, American Health Care Choices

Kara Jones aggregates and uploads breaking news and commentary on She also manages the Galen Institute’s social media and produces a weekly newsletter highlighting the most popular and important articles from our AmericanHealthCareChoices website.

Kara also serves as a policy analyst at the American Health Policy Institute, where she examines the impact of health policy on large employers’ ability to provide quality, affordable health care to employees and their dependents.

Kara previously worked as an editorial intern for Townhall Media, where she wrote daily political commentary pieces for the Townhall Tipsheet. One of her first articles was a feature for Townhall Magazine about the business impact of the Affordable Care Act’s employer mandate.