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Frequent Contributors

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Louise Norris

Health insurance & health reform authority

Louise Norris has written dozens of opinions and educational pieces about the Affordable Care Act for and is author of The Insider’s Guide to Obamacare’s Open Enrollment. The guide is filled with tips designed to help consumers select the right ACA-compliant coverage and spend less time doing it.

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Harold Pollack

Health policy and public health educator

Harold Pollack is the Helen Ross Professor at the School of Social Service Administration. He is also Co-Director of The University of Chicago Crime Lab. He has published widely at the interface between poverty policy and public health. Pollack serves as a Fellow at the MacLean Center for Clinical Ethics at the University of Chicago, and as an Adjunct Fellow at the Century Foundation.

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Wendell Potter

Health reform advocate; best-selling author

Following a 20-year career as a corporate insurance executive, Wendell Potter left his position as head of communications for Cigna in 2008 to advocate for comprehensive health care reform. He has since been an ardent advocate for major health insurance reforms.

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Linda Bergthold

Healthcare consultant, researcher; former national healthcare advisor

Dr. Linda Bergthold has been a health care consultant and researcher for more than 25 years. She worked on the Clinton Health Reform plan and was the head of the Obama health care blog team in 2008. She also writes for The Huffington Post on health reform and insurance issues.

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Andrew Sprung

Andrew Sprung is a freelance writer who blogs about politics and policy, particularly health care policy, at xpostfactoid. His articles about the rollout of the Affordable Care Act have appeared in The Atlantic and The New Republic. He is the winner of the National Institute of Health Care Management’s 2016 Digital Media Award. He holds a […]

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Charles Gaba

Affordable Care Act enrollment analyst

Charles Gaba is the founder of, which has been live-tracking Obamacare enrollments since the exchanges launched in October 2013. His work has been cited by major publications from the Washington Post and Forbes to the New York Times as being the most reliable source available for up-to-date, accurate ACA enrollment data in the country.

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Amy Lynn Smith

Healthcare communications strategist

Amy Lynn Smith is a writer and communications strategist who specializes in healthcare and issue advocacy. She creates empowering, educational content that encourages people to be more engaged in their own health, wellness and decision-making – from the doctor’s office to the ballot box.

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Lisa Zamosky

Health insurance & healthcare policy journalist

Lisa Zamosky is a nationally known expert on health insurance, health care policy, the Affordable Care Act and consumer health and finance concerns.

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Guest Contributors

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Brian Casull

Physician, author

Brian Casull is a physician with almost 50 years in service supporting the patient. He served 21 years in the United States Army – including stints as United States Army Medical Corp Pediatrician and Hospital Commander.

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Tammy Baldwin

U.S. Senator from Wisconsin

Sen. Baldwin has for years been an outspoken advocate of universal healthcare and introduced the Health Security for all American Act while in the U.S. House. She voted in 2009 to support House health reform legislation that would have included a public option and later voted for passage of the Affordable Care Act.  In 2009, she also introduced the Ending LGBT Health Disparities Act.   

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Ron Pollack

Founding Executive Director, Families USA

Ron Pollack is the Founding Executive Director of Families USA, the national organization working to achieve high-quality, affordable health coverage for everyone in the U.S. The Hill, a weekly newspaper covering Congress, named Mr. Pollack one of the nine top nonprofit lobbyists. Modern Healthcare named him one of the 100 Most Powerful People in Health Care.

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Steve Beshear

Former Governor, Kentucky

Steve Beshear served as Governor of Kentucky from 2007 through 2015. He shepherded Kentucky through the global economic recession, earning the Commonwealth national recognition for job creation and business investment. He also made the state the national model in expanding health-care access through its aggressive embrace of the Affordable Care Act and other health-reform efforts.

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Irene Aguilar, MD

Colorado State Senator

Senator Aguilar sponsored legislation to expand Medicaid in Colorado and to align the state’s health laws with the Affordable Care Act.  She has worked to ensure those without health insurance receive fair pricing for hospital care. Senator Aguilar has also passed laws to improve the lives of people with disabilities by providing funding for respite, support for applying for social security disability, and a voice at the table.

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Michael Johnson

Former Dir. of Public Policy, Blue Shield of CA

Michael Johnson is the former director of public policy at Blue Shield of California (2003 – 2015). He is currently waging a campaign to force the nonprofit health plan to provide greater community benefit.

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Barbara Bollier, M.D.

Kansas State Senator

Kansas State Sen. Barbara Bollier is a lifelong resident of Kansas. She served in the Kansas House of Representatives from 2010 to 2017. In 2016, she was elected to the Kansas Senate, where she served as vice-chairman of the Public Health and Welfare committee as well as on the KanCare (Medicaid) Oversight Committee.

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Daniel E. Dawes

Healthcare attorney, author

Daniel E. Dawes, Esq., is a healthcare attorney and the executive director of government affairs and health policy at Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta, Georgia. A nationally recognized leader in healthcare law and policy, Daniel has led numerous efforts to address health issues impacting vulnerable, underserved and marginalized populations.

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Claire McAndrew

Families USA

Claire McAndrew is Private Insurance Program Director at Families USA. She specializes in private insurance issues, including those related to the implementation of the Affordable Care Act’s health insurance marketplaces. She oversees Families USA’s advocacy work on marketplaces and has written numerous reports and briefs on the topic.

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Lydia Mitts


Lydia Mitts is a Senior Policy Analyst at Families USA. She specializes in private insurance issues, including market reforms and financial assistance programs under the Affordable Care Act, wellness incentive programs, marketplace plan benefit design, and cost-sharing. She also specializes in health system improvement issues related to consumer incentives in plan design, as well as delivery and payment reform.

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Rachel Klein

Families USA

Rachel Klein is the Director of Organizational Strategy and the Enrollment Program Director at Families USA.

In this capacity, she provides strategic policy direction for the organization and oversees all of the organization’s work related to Medicaid, the Children’s Health Insurance Program, and enrollment in health insurance under the Affordable Care Act. Families USA is a non-partisan, non-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to achieving high-quality, affordable health insurance coverage for all Americans.

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Anna Tran, M.D.

Anna Tran is a board certified internist and pediatrician. In 2008, after a decade in private practice – where she saw the increasing impediments patients and physicians face – she joined the movement to improve our current health care system. She’s currently the Texas state director for Doctors for America, a national movement of physicians and medical students working […]

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Kellan Baker

Center for American Progress

Kellan Baker is a Health Policy Analyst with the LGBT Research and Communications Project at the Center for American Progress, where his work includes strategically advocating for LGBT inclusion in the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, improving data collection on LGBT health and health disparities, and working with the Department of Health and Human Services on a broad range of LGBT health issues.

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Linda Burke-Galloway, MD, MS, FACOG

Board Member, Doctors for America

Dr.  Linda Burke-Galloway is a board-certified ob-gyn physician, author and blogger.

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R. Scott Poppen, MD MPA

Doctors for America

Scott practiced primary care internal medicine in California and Utah for 25 years. He has been a member of the management team of private, public, and corporate medical groups.

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