Christopher Jacobs
Christopher Jacobs
Christopher Jacobs
Chris Jacobs is founder and CEO of Juniper Research Group, a policy consulting firm based in Washington, and a senior health policy analyst for the Texas Public Policy Foundation. Previously he was 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.
Lamar Alexander Wants To Bail Out Health Regulators Who Misjudged Billions

Tennessee Sen. Lamar Alexander seems more interested in stuffing the coffers of the insurance industry than in conducting robust oversight of his state’s regulatory debacle.

In Continuing Resolution, Republicans Plan To Raise Health Care Costs

When it comes to bad policy—and bad strategy—the continuing resolution’s two-year postponement of Obamacare’s ‘Cadillac tax’ stands as its coup de grace.

How Michael Larson Exploited A Loophole To Win A Game Show Fortune

‘Press Your Luck’ game show player Michael Larson neither violated the law, nor any standards that would warrant being called a ‘scandal.’

Claire McCaskill Stumbles Over ‘Just Crazy’ Facts In Revealing Medicare Exchange

Sen. Claire McCaskill voted for a ‘rock-solid deal’ with Big Pharma that raised premiums on millions of seniors, which makes her part of the problem, not part of the solution.

Liberal ‘Wonk’ Tries To Pretend Democrats Didn’t Cap Medicare Spending

Democrats don’t want to admit that they imposed per capita spending caps in Medicare as part of Obamacare. Rather than admit the truth, many choose to lie or obfuscate.

This All-Republican Congress Avoids Tough Choices Now, Meaning Worse Choices Later

Congress still refuses to eat its policy spinach, following the path of least resistance in making easy choices rather than tough ones.

Republicans Ignore Their Promises To Reform State Health Insurance Subsidies

Two years ago, Republican leadership promised they’d fight harder for reforms to federal health welfare spending. Now that they have increased power, they’re ignoring that promise.

Does This Proposed Health Plan Rule Expand Affordability, Washington’s Power, Or Both?

A new proposed rule will likely provide more affordable coverage options by increasing the number of individuals purchasing health coverage regulated by Washington.

Montana Health Insurance Debacle Proves Regulators Can’t Regulate Themselves

The incompetence on display over cost-sharing reductions demonstrates the need for increased accountability among state authorities.

Waiving Tax Cut Pay-For Proves Both Parties Are Still Addicted To Federal Spending

Shortly before departing for their Christmas break, lawmakers of both parties voted to waive provisions that would have led to federal spending reductions over the coming decade.

3 Key Questions About The Obamacare ‘Stability’ Bailout

With White House officials promising to work to bail out Obamacare, how can tax reform have ‘essentially repealed’ the behemoth law?

Why Congress Shouldn’t Wait For Medicare Reform

If Congress fails to comprehensively reform Medicare, seniors will miss out on significant savings, and taxpayers will miss out on the opportunity to slow the program’s cost growth.

Nobody Has Seen The Obamacare ‘Stability Deal,’ Probably Because It’ll Make Voters Postal

Senators Susan Collins and Lamar Alexander are apparently engaging in a bidding war over how many billions of taxpayer dollars to spend on corporate welfare to insurance companies.

Senate Republicans Ready An Abortion Flip-Flop In Obamacare ‘Stability’ Bill

Senate Republicans should not worsen the spectacle of rationalizing bad policy by attempting to render seven years of arguments they made to the pro-life community meaningless.

The Proposed Obamacare Settlement Would Cede All House Republicans Have Won

In their fight to preserve the House’s constitutional authority and stop propping up Obamacare, the proposed settlement would give conservatives precious little.

Liberals Suddenly Rediscover Federalism Over Obamacare. Will Conservatives?

Liberals have suddenly discovered the benefits of federalism to ‘resist’ a Trump initiative, even as Republicans want to dictate to states how their insurance markets should function.

Repealing The Mandate Doesn’t Fix Obamacare. It’s The Regulations, Stupid

Repealing Obamacare’s insurance mandate alone focuses solely on pruning back the fruit of the poisonous tree, rather than attacking that poisonous tree’s roots.

Exclusive: Congress Should Investigate, Not Bail Out, Health Regulators Who Risked Billions

When health insurers filed their rates for 2017, not a single state commissioner contemplated that the incoming presidential administration might cancel federal cost-sharing subsidies.

There He Goes Again: Lamar Alexander Misrepresents His Health Insurer Bailout

Sen. Lamar Alexander’s article includes several omissions and outright false statements about his bailout legislation. Here are the facts Alexander wouldn’t dare admit about his bill.

Study Suggests Medicaid Is A ‘Persistently Inferior’ Form Of Health Coverage

A new study suggests Medicaid provides inferior outcomes in the nation’s largest state, raising more questions about the program that represents the bulk of Obamacare’s coverage expansion.