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Grace-Marie Turner

Grace-Marie Turner is president of the Galen Institute and a policy advisor to The Heartland Institute.

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Grace-Marie Turner is president of the Galen Institute.

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 House Speaker John Boehner in 2013 to serve as a member of the Long Term Care Commission.
  • Previously, Turner 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 ABC’s 20/20 and on hundreds of radio and television programs. She is a co-author of Why ObamaCare Is Wrong for America, published by HarperCollins in 2011, and editor of Empowering Health Care Consumers through Tax Reform.  Turner speaks extensively in the U.S. and abroad, including at the London School of Economics, Oxford University, and the Gregorian University at the Vatican.

Turner 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 received the 2007 Outstanding Achievement Award for Promotion of Consumer Driven Health Care from Consumer Health World. In the mid-1990s, Turner 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.

Recent Articles and Publications

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July 1, 2019
By Grace-Marie Turner
There is no question that many millions of Americans are frustrated with our current health care system.
March 27, 2015
By Grace-Marie Turner
SUMMARY:When Congress created the original Medicare program in 1965, physicians had a limited arsenal of medicines available to treat chronic and acute maladies.
January 22, 2015
By Grace-Marie Turner
Thirty-six states that rely on private managed-care programs to provide medical services to all or some of their Medicaid recipients are facing added costs caused by the Affordable Care Act, according to a report by the actuarial consulting firm Milliman.
October 31, 2013
By Grace-Marie Turner
[First published in Forbes.]The Obama administration is clearly in full-defense mode over the rolling disaster of ObamaCare, and it is making every effort to deflect criticism to others. But the deflections won’t hold because they are not based on fact.
October 30, 2013
By Grace-Marie Turner
[First published at National Review Online.
October 28, 2013
By Grace-Marie Turner
[First published at National Review Online.]Middle-income Americans are learning first-hand how Obamacare affects them.
October 8, 2013
By Grace-Marie Turner
The Obama administration continues to discount the huge impact its health overhaul law is having in turning the United States into a nation of part-time workers, calling reports anecdotal and not based on complete data.
July 30, 2013
By Grace-Marie Turner
The popular Wegmans grocery chain is cutting health benefits for its part-time employees and plans to send them to President Obama’s health insurance exchanges where they may get more generous benefits and subsidies than the company offers.

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