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Sean Parnell

Sean Parnell ( is a research fellow for health policy at The Heartland Institute.

Sean Parnell ( is a research fellow for health policy at The Heartland Institute. Parnell is a public policy consultant with more than a decade of senior leadership experience in political campaigns, nonprofit organizations, and public policy advocacy. His positions have included campaign manager for Congressman Greg Ganske of Iowa, vice-president of external affairs at The Heartland Institute, and president at The Center for Competitive Politics. Since 2011 he has run his own consulting firm, Impact Policy Management LLC.

Parnell has done extensive work on health care, both at the policy and consumer levels. He is the author of The Self-Pay Patient: Affordable Healthcare Choices in the Age of Obamacare and runs the blog The Self-Pay Patient, and has written health policy papers for several think tanks. He also provides lobbying, fundraising, outreach, and strategic consulting services for a number of clients.

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July 23, 2015
By Sean Parnell
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I–VT), one of a handful of Democratic presidential nominees, is calling for the United States to adopt a “Medicare-for-all” single-payer health care system similar to those in Canada and the United Kingdom.
July 22, 2015
By Sean Parnell
It’s a very lucrative time to operate a for-profit diet clinic overseen by doctors because of a provision in Obamacare requiring insurers to pay for nutrition and obesity screening.
July 20, 2015
By Sean Parnell
Vermont residents now have to pay 6 percent more for soft drinks under a new sales tax that began in July.The tax is part of a $30 million package of tax increases intended to help close a $113 million gap between projected state spending and revenue.
July 20, 2015
By Sean Parnell
New York’s sushi restaurants have long boasted the freshest fish in the city, but new regulations taking effect in August will remove that distinction.
August 2, 2013
By Sean Parnell
Sean Parnell writes that arranging for health care is one of the most personal and important decisions any of us can make.
June 12, 2013
By Sean Parnell
Adjunct Scholar, Sean Parnell, writes that while advocates of the Rhode Island Health Benefits Exchange are optimistic about its ability to substantially reduce the unacceptably high number of uninsured in the state (along with the Medicaid expansion),

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