Doug Badger’s career in public policy spans more than three decades and includes stints as a policy adviser to the White House, the U.S. Senate, the Department of Health and Human Services, and the Social Security Administration.
As a senior White House adviser to President George W. Bush, Badger 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.
Badger 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, Badger 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. Badger also served for a decade as a U.S. Senate aide, serving as Chief of Staff to Assistant Majority Leader Don Nickles and Staff Director of the Senate Republican Policy Committee.
Badger writes for the Galen Institute, The Heritage Foundation, and maintains a blog called Doug’s Brief Case.