Doug Badger

Doug Badger

Doug Badger is a former White House and senior U.S. Senate policy adviser and currently a senior fellow with the Galen Institute.

As a senior White House adviser to President George W. Bush, Doug developed the Administration’s proposal for adding prescription drug coverage to Medicare and represented the White House in negotiations with Congress that resulted in enactment of the Medicare Modernization Act.  He also advised the President on other health-related matters, including Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement issues and the creation of health savings accounts.

Doug later served as Deputy Assistant to the President for Legislative Affairs, where he helped formulate Administration policy and legislative strategy on a broad range of issues, including health care, energy, taxes, financial services, pensions and employee benefits, intellectual property, trade, and telecommunications.

After leaving the White House, Doug became a partner at The Nickles Group, where his practice included health care, intellectual property, and financial services.  He had also been a partner at Washington Council Ernst & Young, where he had a similar practice.

Doug also served for a decade as a U.S. Senate aide, including stints as Chief of Staff to Assistant Majority Leader Don Nickles and Staff Director of the Senate Republican Policy Committee.

Doug is now retired but still offers his views on policy and politics.  He has coauthored peer reviewed studies of the ACA marketplaces and his op-eds have appeared in the Chicago Tribune, Baltimore Sun, National Review Online, Forbes, Politico, RealClear Health and The Hill, as well as in his blog, Doug’s Brief Case. (

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