As a Hill staffer in the early 1990’s, Dave crafted health care reform legislation known as managed competition. While health reform under President Clinton failed, that legislation formed the essential architecture for President Obama’s successful effort 15 years later. As such, Dave understands that public policy requires talent and patience.

Dave leads Third Way’s health policy work with a focus on fiscal impact. As part of this work, he is creating a fresh approach to restraining health care costs. This approach combines traditional and behavioral economics to create new policy tools that anticipate the potential irrationality. Dave creates new policy ideas, develops communications strategies to win support for them, and builds political alliances that can lead to their enactment.

Dave also works to achieve universal coverage by building on the success of the Affordable Care Act. He has helped in the fight against repealing the landmark legislation and works on new ways to ensure that every American has affordable coverage and access to quality care.

Prior to working on Capitol Hill for Congressmen Michael Andrews and James R. Jones, Dave studied public affairs at the University of Chicago. He has achieved a unique work-life balance by living in Montana with his wife and two sons while commuting regularly to Washington, DC.

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