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Jeffrey H. Anderson

Former Senior Fellow

Before moving to Hudson, Anderson co-founded the 2017 Project with William Kristol and ran it as Executive Director throughout its nearly two-and-a-half-year run (from early 2013 through the summer of 2015). The 2017 Project advanced a well-received Main Street-oriented agenda, and its Winning Alternative to Obamacare (which nonpartisan scoring found would save $1.1 trillion over a decade and lead to 6 million more people having private health insurance than under current law) has formed the basis for the alternatives championed by Ed Gillespie in the Virginia Senate race, Budget Committee Chairman Tom Price (and 79 cosponsors) in the House, and Scott Walker in the presidential campaign.

Anderson’s writings have been published by the Weekly Standard, National Review, National Affairs, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Post, Investor’s Business Daily, the Washington Times, the Claremont Review of Books, and Real Clear Politics.

From 2008-09, Anderson was the Senior Speechwriter for Secretary Mike Leavitt at the United States Department of Health and Human Services. From 2001-07, he was a professor of Political Science at the U.S. Air Force Academy, where he won the department’s highest honor for research and writing (the Coble Award, for “Learning from the Great Council of Revision Debate,” published by Notre Dame’s Review of Politics, Winter 2006) and was named the department’s “Outstanding Upper Division Instructor” for 2006-07, for his teaching on American government and political philosophy.

In 2001, Anderson received a Ph.D. in Political Science from Claremont Graduate University in Claremont, California.

Anderson is co-creator, with Chris Hester, of the Anderson & Hester Rankings (1994-present), which were part of college football’s Bowl Championship Series throughout the BCS’s entire 16-year run (1998-2014).

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Jeff Anderson quoted in LifeZette on the Congressional Budget Office’s prediction on the GOP’s healthcare alternative

Jeff Anderson’s polling on Obamacare written up in Townhall and Washington Free Beacon

Jeff Anderson’s article on how auto-enrollment goes beyond even Obamacare’s individual mandate quoted in Politico

Jeff Anderson’s article on Obamacare’s auto-enrollment cited in The Federalist and Washington Examiner

Jeff Anderson’s article on an Obamacare replacement featured in the New York Post

Jeff Anderson quoted in Weekly Standard comparing Obamacare with the healthcare alternative of Tom Price, President Trump’s choice for secretary of Health and Human Services

Jeff Anderson’s An Alternative to Obamacare cited in the Weekly Standard

Jeff Anderson quoted in Healthcare Financial Management Association’s Healthcare Business News on the Affordable Care Act

Jeff Anderson quoted in Gray DC on President Obama’s legacy

Jeff Anderson quoted in Weekly Standard on what the federal government decrees Americans must do under Obamacare

Jeffrey Anderson’s Weekly Standard article about higher premiums under Obamacare cited in The Atlantic

Jeff Anderson quoted in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review on replacing Obamacare

Jeff Anderson interviewed in Handelsblatt Global on repealing and replacing Obamacare

Jeffrey Anderson and Jay Cost cited on Megyn Kelly’s website on their road map for Republican leaders to guide the GOP back to core conservative principles

Jeff Anderson quoted in Pittsburgh Tribune Review on the Obamacare death spiral

Jeff Anderson quoted in The Wall Street Journal on Obamacare

Jeff Anderson’s article on Obamacare quoted in Weekly Standard Online

Jeff Anderson cited in Christian Science Monitor regarding the 14-year-rule

Jeffrey Anderson quoted in Business Insider on the future of Obamacare in the next administration

Jeffrey Anderson interviewed about Obamacare on The Weekly Standard’s Confab podcast

Jeff Anderson’s Weekly Standard article on the House GOP’s tax reform framework cited in Politico

Jeff Anderson quoted in Business Insider on the chances of young people enrolling in Obamacare

Jeff Anderson quoted in VOA News on Clinton’s need for Sanders supporters

Jeff Anderson quoted in Voice of America on the likelihood of a Trump presidency

Jeffrey Anderson’s Weekly Standard article on the cost of Obamacare quoted by the Palmetto Promise Institute

Jeffrey Anderson quoted in the British Journal of Medicine on Donald Trump’s health care plan

Jeff Anderson’s article on the cost of Obamacare quoted in TownHall

Jeff Anderson cited in a Weekly Standard article on Establishment Republican Elites vs. Establishment Conservative Elites

Jeff Anderson’s event on his “Main Street Tax Plan” written up in Weekly Standard, the Washington Free Beacon, Opportunity Lives, and tax analysts

Jeff Anderson quoted in Politico on the lack of discussion in the GOP race about repealing and replacing Obamacare

Jeff Anderson quoted in National Journal on the GOP candidate’s approach to health policy and Obamacare

Jeff Anderson interviewed on NPR on Trump’s healthcare plan

Jeff Anderson’s Alternative to Obamacare cited in Forbes

Jeff Anderson quoted in Fiscal Times on the national debt during the George W. Bush Administration

Jeffrey H. Anderson’s roadmap to fixing the Republican presidential-nomination process mentioned in Slate