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About Leif

Leif Wellington Haase, president of LWH Consulting, is a leading expert on U.S., California, and international health care systems. He focuses on health care reform, insurance markets, employer-based coverage, and controlling health costs.  

Haase draws on twenty-five years of policy experience at the federal, state, local, and international levels. He has worked extensively on national and statewide political campaigns and on state ballot initiatives. He frequently advises legislators and their staffs in Sacramento and in Washington D.C. on key policy questions. Haase was closely involved in the health reform debates that led to the passage of the Affordable Care Act and played a significant role in developing and explaining the law’s personal responsibility measures.     

 In 2010 he served as the executive director of the California Task Force on Affordable Care, a high-level group of physicians, insurers, patient advocates, and other stakeholders working together to find ways to get better value for health spending. The group’s final report, which drew considerable attention from legislators and media, recommended policies for saving the state more than $300 billion in health spending over ten years.    

His clients have included the Markle Foundation, the Commonwealth Fund, Stanford University, Claremont Insurance Services, the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce, the California Association of Health Plans, the Lown Institute, the Healthy Systems Project, the Sino-American Economic Forum, and Monitor 360. Past funders include the Blue Shield of California Foundation, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the James Irvine Foundation, the Brookings Institution, and the California Endowment.

Haase’s book A New Deal for Health, which laid out a novel bipartisan approach to health care reform, gained national recognition. He is also the co-author of Medicare Tomorrow, “National Health Insurance: Lessons from Abroad,” “Lessons from California’s Health Reform Efforts for the National Debate,” and numerous articles on prescription drug coverage, pharmaceutical pricing, and long-term care.

Haase has been a keynote speaker and presenter on health care at numerous corporate events and academic conferences. He has appeared on ABC News (Good Morning America), CNBC, and National Public Radio, and has written opinion pieces and commentaries for the Associated Press, New York Times, Boston Globe, San Francisco Chronicle, the Atlantic, and The American Prospect.  

He previously directed the New America Foundation's California Program, which released numerous publications and hosted events on issues of critical importance to the state, including health care, education, energy, tax and budget policy, climate change, and civic engagement.

Before joining New America, Haase served as Senior Program Officer and oversaw the health care program at The Century Foundation, formerly the Twentieth Century Fund, a think tank based in New York City. At Century he directed national task forces on Medicare, on bioterrorism and public health, and co-authored and edited books on health care, Social Security, media, and gambling. He has taught at Yale University and at the Dalian University of Technology, People's Republic of China. He holds degrees from Yale and Princeton University.