Brian Blase, Ph.D., is the CEO of Blase Policy Strategies LLC and a senior research fellow at the Galen Institute and at the Foundation for Government Accountability. Blase previously served as a special assistant to the president for economic policy at the White House’s National Economic Council (NEC).
At NEC, Blase coordinated the development and execution of many of the Trump Administration’s health policy achievements, developed legislative and regulatory strategies, and advised the President, the NEC Director, and other senior government officials. Notably, this work included promulgating rules expanding association health plans, short-term limited-duration insurance, and health reimbursement arrangements as well as the development of the 120-page report, Reforming America’s Health Care System Through Choice and Competition. Blase also played a central role in the Trump Administration’s actions to increase health care price and quality transparency.
Blase served in both the U.S. House of Representative and Senate. He guided the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform’s health care and entitlement program oversight efforts and related investigations from 2011-2014. In that capacity, he developed oversight strategies, conducted dozens of transcribed interviews, prepared members and staff for hearings, and was the primary author of eleven staff reports issued by the Committee. From 2014 through 2015, Blase served as the health policy analyst at the Senate Republican Policy Committee. In that capacity, Blase authored papers distributed at the weekly Senate Republican policy lunch and participated in the development of legislative proposals and strategies.
Prior to working in the White House, Blase worked as a senior research fellow with the Spending and Budget Initiative at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University from 2015-2017. Prior to working in Congress, Blase worked as a health policy analyst with The Heritage Foundation from 2010-2011.
Blase has authored or co-authored dozens of research papers, written more than 100 commentaries, regularly briefed federal and state policymakers, and frequently appears in media. Blase’s work has been mentioned many times by the Wall Street Journal’s editorial page and he is a regulator contributor to the Wall Street Journal and New York Post. His commentaries have also been published in the Washington Post, the Philadelphia Inquirer, and Forbes, among numerous outlets. He has also appeared on television several times, including on FoxNews, CSPAN, CNBC, and PBS, and has frequently appeared on radio.
Blase received his PhD from George Mason University in 2013 in economics, with his dissertation on Medicaid financing. He lives in Northern Florida with his wife and five children.