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 that 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
She testifies regularly before Congress and advises senior
government officials, governors, and state legislators on health
is a co-author of Why ObamaCare is Wrong for America,
published by HarperCollins in 2011.
Grace-Marie served for a three-year term as a member of
the National Advisory Council of Healthcare Research and
Quality and served as a member of the Medicaid
Commission, charged with making recommendations to
modernize and improve Medicaid.
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 is the editor of Empowering Health Care Consumers
through Tax Reformand produces a widely-read weekly
electronic newsletter, Health Policy Matters.
She has been published in major newspapers, including
The Wall Street Journal and USA Today, and she has
appeared on ABC’s 20/20 and on hundreds of radio and
television programs in the U.S. She also received the
2007 Outstanding Achievement Award for Promotion of
Consumer Driven Health Care from Consumer Health World.
Grace-Marie speaks extensively in the U.S. and abroad,
including at the London School of Economics, Oxford
University, and the Gregorian University at the Vatican
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.
Grace-Marie received her BA from the University of New
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is unconstitutional
down to its very DNA. The Supreme Court can save itself and the
country years of litigation by striking down the entire law when it
issues its decision this summer.
Two key provisions in the health overhaul law are being challenged
in current case — the individual mandate and mandatory Medicaid
The law requires virtually everyone in the country to have health
insurance starting in 2014. This is the first time the federal
government would require private citizens, under penalty of law, to
spend their own money on a private product. While there are
subsidies for some, the policies will cost an average family as much
as $20,000 by the time the act is fully up and running.
Never before has the Commerce Clause of the Constitution been used
to compel private citizens who simply want to mind their own
business to spend their own money and compel them to engage in
A new ABC News/Washington Post poll found that two-thirds of
Americans say the court should throw out the whole law or at least
the individual mandate, showing the depth of public opposition.