Christopher Jacobs
Christopher Jacobs
Christopher Jacobs
Chris Jacobs is founder and CEO of Juniper Research Group, a policy consulting firm based in Washington. Previously he was a senior health policy analyst for the Texas Public Policy Foundation, a senior policy analyst in The Heritage Foundation’s Center for Health Policy Studies, and a senior policy analyst with the Joint Economic Committee’s Senate Republican staff. During the debate over the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, popularly known as Obamacare, Jacobs was a policy adviser for the House Republican Conference under then-Chairman Mike Pence. In the first two years of the law’s implementation, he was a health policy analyst for the Senate Republican Policy Committee. Jacobs got his start on Capitol Hill as an intern for then-Rep. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.). He holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and history from American University, where he is a part-time teacher of health policy. He currently resides in Washington, D.C.
Why The FDA Didn’t Move To Ban Menthol Cigarettes Sooner Might Shock You

In 2009, the FDA looked the other way on a menthol ban. Now, they’re reconsidering it. Here’s a primer on two potential policy issues at play.

4 Better Ways To Address Pre-Existing Conditions Than Obamacare

Obamacare uprooted the entire market to address a comparatively small universe of truly uninsurable patients. A better reform would use a more specialized approach.

How Republicans Shot Themselves In The Feet On Pre-Existing Conditions

Moderates assumed that ‘replacing’ Obamacare meant Republican lawmakers had embraced the mantra of universal health coverage, and would maintain most of the benefits.

What The Press Isn’t Telling You About The Politics Of Pre-Existing Conditions

The left and media assume if you don’t support Obamacare, then you cannot want to protect individuals with pre-existing conditions. False.

How An Obscure Regulatory Change Could Transform American Health Insurance

The Trump administration is finally making headway on something that should have happened years ago: defined-contribution health insurance.

When Attacking The Federal Reserve, Trump Actually Attacks Anyone With Savings

Trump doesn’t understand that his recent comments do a disservice to retirees and anyone else with savings––like the ones who voted for him.

Will Disclosing Prescription Drug Prices In TV Ads Make Any Difference?

If the ‘purpose of this regulation’ is to affect pharmaceutical pricing, then confining disclosures only to television advertisements would by definition have a limited impact.

Prudent Money Management Will Make You Feel Better Than Buying A Lottery Ticket

Unfortunately, hordes of reporters don’t much cover the person who saves well and makes a fortune bit-by-bit, as opposed to the lottery winner who wins big through sheer luck.

Mitch McConnell And Democrats Mutually Reassure Our National Destruction From Entitlements

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell should be reminded that two wrongs don’t make a right.

How AARP Made Billions Denying Care To People With Pre-Existing Conditions

The most vulnerable Medicare beneficiaries—those enrolled because they receive disability benefits—often cannot obtain Medigap coverage due to pre-existing conditions.

If Republicans Can Confirm Kavanaugh, They Can Repeal Obamacare

If Republicans are going to start delivering on their promises, why don’t they deliver on one from the last four election cycles, by eliminating the law that has raised premiums for millions?

Alex Trebek Should Have Moderated The Pennsylvania Debate Like He Does ‘Jeopardy’

As with Alex Trebek the quiz show host, Trebek the moderator should seek to blend himself into the background, rather than seeking even more power to make a spectacle of himself:

Why Smaller Premium Increases May Harm Republicans In The November Elections

Since Democrats have attempted to hype Obamacare’s pre-existing condition provisions, premium increases would remind voters those supposed ‘protections’ come with a very real cost.

Why Hospital Monopolies Are What’s Wrong With American Health Care

Obamacare’s crony capitalism—allowing hospitals to grow their operations in exchange for political endorsements—continues to contribute to higher premiums.

Politico Reporter’s ‘Fact Check’ Of President Trump On Health Care Is Riddled With Omissions

A reporter from Politico attempted to add ‘context’ to health-care-related comments the president made at a political rally in Las Vegas. Like Trump, he omitted plenty of key information.

The Cajun Navy Heads To Help With Hurricane Florence

Louisiana’s group of citizen-sailors banded together on their own initiative to help their neighbors, without any official government involvement. And they’re doing it again.

Senate Republicans Refuse To Let States Control Price-Shopping For Prescription Drugs

‘Gag clauses,’ inserted by pharmaceutical benefit managers, prohibit pharmacies from telling people that they might benefit from paying in cash rather than using their insurance card.

Of Course Russian Trolls Used Obamacare Repeal To Divide Americans

An analysis found that 63 percent of health care-related tweets from a Russian-backed agitprop organization opposed Obamacare efforts last year.

Why Serena Williams Would Probably Have Lost The U.S. Open Even If She Didn’t Lose Her Temper

Suffice it to say that had Serena Williams been playing at her usual level—the level she expected herself to play—events would not have escalated on Saturday.

Florida Democrats Nominate A Candidate Who Supports Bill To Abolish Seniors’ Medicare

Gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum supports Bernie Sanders’ health plan. That bill would end Medicare for seniors, which will fly like an anvil in senior-dominated Florida.