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Young Leaders Circle Forum with Douglas Holtz-Eakin

Wednesday July 2010


Douglas Holtz-Eakin Former Director, Congressional Budget Office; President, American Action Forum

On Wednesday, July 7th, Douglas Holtz-Eakin, former director of the Congressional Budget Office and president of the newly founded American Action Forum, visited the Young Leaders Circle. He discussed the new health-care legislation’s budgetary implications and the likely spillover effects on overall economic growth, health-care spending, and quality of care.

After earning his Ph.D. in economics at Princeton University, Mr. Holtz-Eakin taught at both Princeton and Columbia Universities. He served as a senior staff economist on President George H.W. Bush's Council of Economic Advisers and as a faculty research fellow and research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research. Mr. Holtz-Eakin was tenured faculty at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University, where he was chair of the Department of Economics. He served as chief economist for the Council of Economic Advisers to President George W. Bush.

During Mr. Holtz-Eakin's tenure at the CBO, the organization assessed the 2003 tax cuts, the Medicare prescription-drug bill, and Social Security reform. As a scholar of applied economic policy, he has held positions at free-market think tanks, including the Manhattan Institute. From 2007 to 2008, he served as director of domestic and economic policy for John McCain's presidential campaign.

Suggested Reading:
Labor Markets and Health Care Reform: New Results, by Douglas Holtz-Eakin and Cameron Smith, American Action Forum report, May 2010
ObamaCare Strikes Out With Workers, by Douglas Holtz-Eakin, Politico, June 8, 2010
Will Spending Under ObamaCare Trigger The Next Financial Crisis? by Douglas Holtz-Eakin and Paul Howard, Investors Business Daily, April 6, 2010