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Dean Clancy is a consultant, analyst, and opinion writer on U.S. health care, budget, and entitlement policy. A former senior official in the White House, Congress, and the health care industry, he has served as a legislative advisor to the U.S. House Majority Leader (1995-2001) and on the Senate staff of the congressional Joint Economic Committee (2009-2010). From 2001 to 2004, he was staff director of the President’s Council on Bioethics. From 2004 to 2006, he was top White House budget official on health care and entitlements, with a portfolio encompassing half the federal budget in dollar terms. Clancy’s private sector experience includes successful tours as vice president of a multi-billion dollar medical device manufacturing company and vice president of the six-million member FreedomWorks, where he coordinated the group’s policy and political action strategies.

Among other accomplishments, Clancy helped initiate the historic King v. Burwell Supreme Court challenge to the (misnamed) Affordable Care Act. He secured enactment of legislation that protected severely wounded Medicare patients from a misguided CMS regulation (2008) and authored White House OMB Memorandum M-05-13 that quietly saved taxpayers billions (2005). He played a leading role in shepherding into law the historic Welfare Reform Act of 1996 and was a principal author of the Homeschool Freedom Amendment (1994). In 2012 he led a successful campaign to incorporate a dozen important conservative and libertarian ideas into the 2012 Republican National Platform. Clancy is co-author of memorably complex wall-diagrams of Hillarycare (1994) and Obamacare (2010).

Clancy is a vocal advocate for market-oriented health reform and a return to fiscal common sense and constitutionally limited government. His passion: promoting reforms that will make our lives freer, happier, and more prosperous. Clancy serves on the advisory board of the Compact for America Educational Foundation, Inc., a 501(c)(3) organization working to enact an enforceable balanced budget amendment by way of an interstate compact. Clancy is also chairman of the board of directors of FGA Action, Inc., a Florida based 501(c)(4) organization that seeks to improve the lives of families and taxpayers by advocating for free enterprise, individual liberty, and a limited, accountable government. And he serves on the advisory board of Physicians for Reform, a North Carolina based 501(c)(3) advocating for patient-centered health reforms.

Clancy is a founder of Adams Auld LLC, a Washington, D.C., based consultancy that helps clients advance the causes of civil rights, individual liberty, and constitutionally limited government.

A frequent commenter in the national press and an occasional columnist at U.S. News and World Report, Clancy hails from Aurora, Colorado. He lives in Virginia with his wife and four children.

For more information, visit or Twitter: @deanclancy.

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