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Benjamin Domenech

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Benjamin Domenech is the founder and publisher of The Federalist and a senior fellow at The Heartland Institute.

Domenech joined The Heartland Institute in 2009 after several years working and writing on national health care policy, beginning with a political appointment as speechwriter to U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy Thompson, and continuing as chief speechwriter for U.S. Senator John Cornyn during the Medicare Part D debate on Capitol Hill.

In addition to his work with Heartland, Domenech is the publisher of The Federalist, a web magazine on politics, policy, and culture founded in 2013. Domenech is also the founder and host of the Federalist Radio Hour. He writes a daily subscription newsletter, The Transom, which is read by thousands of political insiders.

He is also former editor of The City, an academic journal of faith, politics, and culture, published by Houston Baptist University. He previously worked as a book editor for Eagle Publishing, where he edited multiple New York Times bestsellers in the arenas of politics, history, and sports. He was a founding board member of Redstate, a prominent conservative activist community site, and co-hosts Coffee & Markets, an award-winning daily podcast focused on politics, policy, and the marketplace.

Educated at the College of William & Mary and University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Benjamin regularly writes opinion columns for the Washington Examiner and RealClearPolitics, and in 2009 he was chosen as a Journalism Fellow by the Peter Jennings Project for Journalists and the Constitution. He lives in Virginia.

Recent Articles and Publications

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July 25, 2016
By Benjamin Domenech
In response to questioning from Justice Breyer during the third day of hearings concerning President Obama's health care law - particularly concerning the Medicaid funding mandate within the law - attorney for the states Paul Clement mentioned a letter
June 1, 2016
By Benjamin Domenech
The White House’s announcement that President Barack Obama will bypass the nomination process of the United States Senate to recess appoint Donald Berwick as head of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is an act of unconscionable
June 1, 2016
By Benjamin Domenech
Where does health care reform go from here?
May 31, 2016
By Benjamin Domenech
In Massachusetts, the ramifications of then-Governor Mitt Romney’s health care law are clear: more people are covered (though not everyone), the overwhelming number of whom are taxpayer-subsidized, by health insurance; access is an increasingly
May 31, 2016
By Benjamin Domenech
One of the enduring questions asked by and of opponents of President Barack Obama’s health care law is how they plan to go about repealing the matter.
May 31, 2016
By Benjamin Domenech
A story in the Wall Street Journal caught my attention recently, concerning a taxpayer-funded Centers for Disease Control-backed study on the cost of drinking to society. Heavy boozers cost the U.S.
January 13, 2014
By Benjamin Domenech
President Obama to Outline Reconciliation Push WednesdayThe New York Times is reporting today that President Obama is “prepar[ing] for a speech on Wednesday to outline ‘the way forward’ and to flesh out the substance of his proposed compromise based on
January 1, 2014
By Benjamin Domenech
The stunning decision of Indiana Senator Evan Bayh to announce his retirement, in the midst of debates on health care and the federal budget where he represents a critical vote and mere days before the filing deadline on his seat, has left his fellow

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