Charles Blahous

Visiting Fellow
Biography: 

Charles Blahous is a Hoover visiting fellow specializing in domestic economic policy. His areas of expertise include retirement security, with an emphasis on Social Security and employer-provided defined benefit pensions, as well as federal fiscal policy, entitlements, demographic change, economic stimulus, financial market regulation, and health care reform.

From 2010 to 2015, Blahous served as one of the two public trustees for the Social Security and Medicare Programs. From 2007 to 2009, he served as deputy director of President Bush's National Economic Council. From 2001 to 2007, Blahous served as a special assistant to the president for economic policy, first covering retirement security issues and later encompassing energy policy. In 2001, he served as the executive director of the bipartisan President's Commission to Strengthen Social Security.

From 2000 to 2001, Blahous led the Alliance for Worker Retirement Security, a private-sector coalition dedicated to the fiscally responsible reform of Social Security. From 1996 to 2000, he served as policy director for US senator Judd Gregg (R-NH). From 1989 to 1996, he served in the office of Senator Alan Simpson (R-WY), first as a Congressional Science Fellow sponsored by the American Physical Society and, from 1994 to 1996, as the senator's legislative director.

Blahous’s latest publications include Social Security: The Unfinished Work (Hoover Press, 2010) and Pension Wise: Confronting Employer Pension Underfunding—and Sparing Taxpayers the Next Bailout (Hoover Press, 2010). He is also the author of Reforming Social Security. He has published in a number of periodicals including National Affairs, Financial Times, Politico, National Review, Harvard Journal of Legislation, Baseball Research Journal, and the Journal of Chemical Physics. He was named to SmartMoney's "Power 30" list in 2005. His public appearances include various radio and television programs including "Ask the White House," and speeches on university and college campuses.

Blahous has a PhD in computational quantum chemistry from the University of California at Berkeley and an AB from Princeton University, where he won the McKay Prize in Physical Chemistry.

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In the News

Coronavirus Economy Drains Social Security, Medicare Coffers

quoting Charles Blahousvia Roll Call (DC)
Thursday, June 18, 2020
Call it another casualty of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Analysis and Commentary

Keep Social Security Politics Out Of The Coronavirus Crisis Response

by Charles Blahousvia Mercatus Center
Monday, March 23, 2020

Senator Warren’s proposal to increase Social Security benefits won’t help ease our current economic crisis.

Analysis and CommentaryHealth Care

It's Time To Seat Public Trustees For Social Security And Medicare

by Charles Blahous, Robert Reischauervia The Hill
Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Having concluded a bruising, hyper-partisan battle over impeachment of President Trump, Congress needs to show it can begin working together to address the nation’s essential business. One small but important step in this direction would be to expeditiously fill the two Social Security and Medicare public trustee positions.

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Too Large, Yet in Charge

by Charles Blahousvia Hoover Digest
Monday, January 20, 2020

Government can’t keep up with the free market’s dynamism, innovation, and power to improve lives. Someone should tell the presidential candidates.

Interviews

The Guy Benson Show Goes To Stanford University: Broadcasting LIVE From The Hoover Institution

interview with Michael McFaul, Victor Davis Hanson, Charles Blahous, Bill Whalen, Scott W. Atlas, Abbas Milani, John B. Taylorvia The Guy Benson Show
Saturday, December 7, 2019

Hoover Institution fellows Michael McFaul, Victor Davis Hanson, Charles Blahous, Bill Whalen, Scott Atlas, Abbas Milani, and John Taylor are interviewed on the Guy Benson Show.

InterviewsHealth Care

Charles Blahous: Top Expert On Warren Healthcare Plan: I Was Incredulous, It Was A “Mirage”

interview with Charles Blahousvia Fox News
Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Charles Blahous discusses Elizabeth Warren's proposal to ostensibly pay for the costs of Medicare for All without raising taxes on the middle class. 

Analysis and CommentaryHealth Care

Blahous: There’s Still No Plan To Finance ‘Medicare For All’

by Charles Blahousvia Pantagraph
Saturday, November 9, 2019

On Nov. 1, presidential candidate and Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., announced a proposal billed as a financing plan for “Medicare for All.” Unfortunately, it does not even acknowledge, let alone finance, the costs of Medicare for All.

In the News

Ilhan Omar Claims The U.S. ‘Can Afford Medicare For All’

quoting Charles Blahousvia Breitbart
Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Far-left “Squad” member Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) dismissed concerns of the overall cost of implementing a government-run healthcare system in the United States, stating “we can afford Medicare for All.”

In the News

How Long Can Sen. Warren Dodge Questions About Medicare For All?

quoting Charles Blahousvia Forbes
Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Presidential hopeful Sen. Elizabeth Warren won't answer a simple question about the healthcare plan she endorses, Medicare for All. Will it raise taxes on middle-class families?

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Scrub This Fantasy

by Charles Blahousvia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, October 9, 2019

“Medicare for all” is a prescription for fresh inefficiencies and stratospheric costs. We couldn’t afford it—and we shouldn’t even want it.

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