Alex's next guest on the #MillenniumLive podcast series is Dr. Jonathan Gruber, Ford Professor of Economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he has taught since 1992 (30 years). He is also the Director of the Health Care Program at the National Bureau of Economic Research, and the former President of the American Society of Health Economists. A member of the Institute of Medicine, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the National Academy of Social Insurance, and the Econometric Society.
He has published more than 175 research articles, has edited six research volumes, and is the author of Public Finance and Public Policy, a leading undergraduate text, Health Care Reform, a graphic novel, and Jump-Starting America: How Breakthrough Science Can Revived Economic Growth and the American Dream (with Simon Johnson). In 2006 Dr. Gruber received the American Society of Health Economists Inaugural Medal for the best health economist in the nation aged 40 and under.
During the 1997-1998 academic year, he was on leave as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Economic Policy at the Treasury Department. And from 2003-2006 he was a key architect of Massachusetts’ ambitious health reform effort (aka Romneycare), and became an inaugural member of the Health Connector Board, the main implementing body for that effort.
During 2009-2010 he served as a technical consultant to the Obama Administration and worked with both the Administration and Congress to help craft the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare). In 2011 he was named “One of the Top 25 Most Innovative and Practical Thinkers of Our Time” by Slate Magazine. In both 2006 and 2012 he was rated as one of the top 100 most powerful people in health care in the United States by Modern Healthcare Magazine.