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Avik Roy

Avik Roy

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Avik Roy is president of The Foundation for Research on Equal Opportunity, editor of Forbes Opinion, and author of ‘Transcending Obamacare’ and ‘How Medicaid Fails the Poor.’

Public policy is Avik Roy’s fourth career, but clearly his favorite one.

Avik was born to Indian immigrants in Rochester, Michigan, a place that instilled in him a lifelong fondness for the Michigan Wolverines and the Detroit Red Wings. He finished high school in San Antonio, Texas, where USA Today named him to its All-USA High School Academic First Team, honoring the top 20 seniors in the country.

After training as a scientist at MIT and as a physician at Yale Medical School, Avik moved to Boston to join a then-unknown investment firm called Bain Capital, where he focused on identifying biotechnology companies developing therapies for diseases that had heretofore gone untreated.

In 2009, as President Obama’s health reform bill was being debated in Congress, Avik started a blog about health care policy. “I couldn’t find anything to read that I agreed with, so I started writing it myself.” Avik’s blog, The Apothecary, was soon picked up by Reihan Salam at National Review, and Matt Herper at Forbes. In 2012, Avik joined Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign as a health care policy advisor. By 2014, Avik was Forbes’ Opinion Editor, and Meet the Press’ Chuck Todd was calling Avik “the go-to policy wonk critic of the health care law…the guru.”

But Avik wasn’t content merely to criticize the Affordable Care Act. He’s a passionate believer in the conservative case for universal coverage: the idea that markets and competition can bring quality health care to every American. His health reform plan, a second edition of Transcending Obamacare: A Patient-Centered Plan for Near-Universal Coverage and Permanent Fiscal Solvency, is FREOPP’s first official publication.

In 2015, Avik and his then-fiancée, Sarah, moved to Austin, where he ran the foreign and domestic policy shops for Texas Governor Rick Perry’s presidential campaign. In that capacity, Avik was also the lead author of Gov. Perry’s major policy speeches. The Wall Street Journal called Perry’s address on intergenerational black poverty “the speech of the campaign so far.” Later in the primaries, Avik advised Marco Rubio.

2016’s political outcomes convinced Avik that the same-old, same-old wasn’t working. “Both parties are failing to work for people who are struggling in the twenty-first century economy,” says Avik, FREOPP’s President. “That’s why FREOPP focuses exclusively on research that moves the needle for people with below-median incomes or net worth.”

In a November 2016 profile in The Atlantic, Avik spoke passionately about America’s unique tradition of diversity and liberty. “A son of…immigrants who gets into Harvard [represents] the best of America,” he said. “That’s what America is.”

Can a new think tank really make a difference on the most difficult issues facing America? “The history of think tanks says we can,” Avik says. “The quality of our team says we can. Keep checking up on us and we’ll all find out together.”

Avik and Sarah still live in Austin, where Sarah recently gave birth to their first child.

[For speaking engagements involving Avik, please contact the Leigh Bureau.]

Recent Articles and Publications

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August 5, 2019
By Avik Roy
For generations, the prices hospitals charge patients with private insurance have been shrouded in secrecy.
November 4, 2013
By Avik Roy
[First published in Forbes.]One of the fundamental flaws of the Affordable Care Act is that, despite its name, it makes health insurance more expensive.
February 13, 2013
By Benjamin Domenech, James L. Johnston, Robert Genetski, Steve Stanek, Richard Vedder, Randy E. Barnett, Peter Ferrara, Robert G. Holland, Joy Pullmann, Marc Morano, Marita Noon, Tibor R. Machan, Seton Motley, Avik Roy, John McAdams, Alan Caruba (1938-2015), Charles Battig, Jane M. Orient, M.D., David L. Applegate, Clifford Thies, Richard Esenberg, Walter Starck
The following statements on President Barack Obama’s State of the Union Address Tuesday night are from staffers, fellows, and policy advisors at The Heartland Institute, a free-market think tank. They may be used for attribution.
July 24, 2012
By Benjamin Domenech, Steve Stanek, Maureen Martin (1947 - 2013), Robert Genetski, Joe Cobb, S.T. Karnick, Avik Roy
The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office today scored the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, in light of the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision upholding the law.
May 22, 2012
By Avik Roy
What’s the path forward for health care reform after the Affordable Care Act?

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