Daniel Heil

Policy Fellow
Biography: 

Danny Heil is a policy fellow at the Hoover Institution whose focus is on the federal budget, tax policy, and the federal antipoverty programs.

Heil’s interests include replacing failed policies with state and federal initiatives that alleviate poverty by encouraging workforce participation and human capital development. He has also written on the perils of telecommunication regulations and the economic effects of e-business.

Heil served as Governor Jeb Bush’s economic policy adviser during the 2016 presidential campaign, counseling him on the federal budget, tax policy, and the federal antipoverty programs.

Heil received a master’s of public policy degree with a specialization in economics and American politics from Pepperdine University.

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Medicare At 60 Would Have Harmful Unintended Consequences

by Tom Church, Daniel Heilvia Stat News
Tuesday, May 3, 2022

In an era of rising inflation and trillion-dollar deficits, there appears to be growing bipartisan support for fiscal restraint.

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The Distributional Effects Of Medicare At 60

by Tom Church, Daniel Heilvia Partnership for America’s Health Care Future
Wednesday, April 27, 2022

This paper explores the distributional effects of lowering Medicare’s eligibility age to 60. Our estimates suggest that it would add $42.6 billion to the federal deficit in 2023 and increase 10-year deficits by as much as $452 billion.

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Fixing Our Health Care System

by Daniel Heil featuring the work of Scott W. Atlas, John F. Cogan, Daniel P. Kessler, John H. Cochranevia Policy Insights | A Succinct Guide to Important Policy Questions
Thursday, February 24, 2022

The goal of any health care policy is widespread access to affordable, high-quality medical care. Unfortunately, the American health care system falls far short of that objective. Are we stuck with the status quo, or are there reforms that could bring us closer to the health care system we want?

Policy InsightsAnalysis and Commentary

Fixing Our Health Care System

by Daniel Heil featuring the work of Scott W. Atlas, John F. Cogan, Daniel P. Kessler, John H. Cochranevia PolicyEd
Thursday, February 24, 2022

The goal of any health care policy is widespread access to affordable, high-quality medical care. Unfortunately, the American health care system falls far short of that objective. Are we stuck with the status quo, or are there reforms that could bring us closer to the health care system we want?

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Is Government The Answer To Our Health Care System’s Woes?

by Daniel Heil featuring the work of Scott W. Atlas, Lanhee J. Chen, John F. Cogan, Tom Churchvia Policy Insights | A Succinct Guide to Important Policy Questions
Wednesday, January 26, 2022

Although most agree that America's current health care system needs fixing, there is little consensus about what to do. Some think the answer is single-payer health care. Others think government can enhance competition and cut costs by directly competing with private insurance companies. Will these government-led efforts improve our system?

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L.A.'s New Basic Income Program Ignores Everything We Know About Welfare

by John F. Cogan, Daniel Heilvia Fox News
Thursday, November 4, 2021

Everyone should care about the plight of the poor. But a no-strings-attached government handout is not the way to help them.

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Why A Universal Basic Income Won't Work

by John F. Cogan, Daniel Heilvia PolicyEd
Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Though many believe that universal basic income (UBI) is an attractive alternative to current welfare policy, many features of a UBI would make it a destructive policy for the very recipients it intends to help.

Another Trillion-Dollar Baby

by John F. Cogan, Daniel Heilvia Hoover Digest
Monday, October 18, 2021

The Biden administration is eager to midwife a huge expansion in entitlement payments. More than half of all Americans would be on the federal dole.

Why Is Health Care So Expensive?

by Daniel Heil featuring the work of Milton Friedman, Daniel P. Kessler, John H. Cochrane, Lanhee J. Chenvia Policy Insights | A Succinct Guide to Important Policy Questions
Wednesday, September 29, 2021

It is no secret that the nation’s health care system needs reform. Washington spends more on health care than it does on any other part of the budget, including national defense or Social Security. Why is American health care so expensive?

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America On The Dole

quoting John F. Cogan, Daniel Heilvia Reason
Monday, September 20, 2021
Biden's American Families Plan would put most working-age American households on the dole.

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