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Dean Clancy
Dean Clancy
Partner, Adams Auld LLC
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      Dean Clancy

      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.

Conservatives Should Oppose Forced Arbitration

4:27 PM 09/11/2015

It’s long past time that conservatives wrested the banner of “consumerism” away from the so-called “consumer advocates,” those left-leaning types who typically promote mandates, price controls, and regulation as the solution to problems, for which the real remedies are individual liberty, market competition, and freedom of contract.

The Coburn-Burr-Hatch plan doesn’t deliver market-based health reform

6:07 PM 01/29/2014

Republicans have long been in agreement about the need to repeal the Affordable Care Act, and replace it with a health-care reform package that employs free market methods to reduce costs and increase coverage. This is an admirable and indeed critical goal. But in the rush to avoid being portrayed as “the party of no,” it is important to recognize that there is a right way to replace ObamaCare, and a wrong way. The proposal authored by Sens. Tom Coburn (R-Oklahoma), Richard Burr (R-North Carolina), and Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), and released as the Patient Choice, Affordability, Responsibility, and Empowerment Act (CARE) is a definitive example of the wrong way.

Let the IRS implement Obamacare? Are we nuts?

2:20 PM 05/28/2013

Revelations that the Internal Revenue Service targeted conservative groups for discriminatory treatment, and leaked confidential information about those groups to a left-wing outfit, ProPublica, should make us think twice about the White House’s plans to give the IRS even more authority — over our medicine cabinets.

States still have power to reject Obamacare

3:24 PM 12/05/2012

President Obama’s re-election may have seemed like a final victory for Obamacare, especially after the Supreme Court’s inexplicable decision last June to uphold the controversial law’s mandate on virtually all Americans to purchase health insurance. But we who cherish health care freedom aren’t giving up.

‘Mother, may I?’: Will Republicans fall for Wyden-Brown?

12:38 PM 03/01/2011

If liberals like Ezra Klein are right, yesterday's olive branch “compromise” offer by President Obama on his controversial health care law won't win any supporters among the law's opponents, because, in so many words, it comes from Mr. Obama himself, and they don't trust him enough to go for any "compromise" that he endorses.

Obamacare: Down, but by no means out

3:12 PM 02/01/2011

Yesterday, a federal judge in Florida declared unconstitutional Obamacare's mandate that all Americans purchase health insurance -- the linchpin of the unpopular law rammed through last March by congressional Democrats. If the mandate is ultimately struck down by the Supreme Court, Obamacare will unravel and Congress will have little choice but to reopen the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act for amendment. That would enable us to reverse the government takeover and adopt a patient-centered approach.