Avik Roy

GOP & Trump policy, politics, healthcare

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Austin, TX
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Avik Roy is America's leading conservative thinker on health care reform. He has advised three presidential candidates, including Marco Rubio and Mitt Romney. The New York Times' Paul Krugman describes him as man of “personal and moral courage,” while National Review calls him "one of the GOP's sharpest policy minds.”

Roy is President of the Foundation for Research on Equal Opportunity, a non-profit, non-partisan think tank devoted to expanding economic opportunity to those who least have it. His work has been praised widely on both the right and the left.  As the Senior Advisor to Rick Perry’s presidential campaign in 2015, Roy was also the lead author of Gov. Perry’s major policy speeches. The Wall Street Journal called Perry’s address on intergenerational black poverty “the speech of the campaign so far.” 

Roy also serves as the Opinion Editor at Forbes, where he writes on politics andpolicy, and manages The Apothecary, the influential Forbes blog on health care policy and entitlement reform. NBC’sChuck Todd, on Meet the Press, said Roy was one “of the most thoughtfulguys [who has] been debating” health care reform. MSNBC’s Chris Hayes calls TheApothecary “one of the best takes from conservatives on that set of issues.”Ezra Klein, in the Washington Post,called The Apothecary one of the few “blogs I disagree with [that] I checkdaily.”

Roy is the author of HowMedicaid Fails the Poor, published by Encounter Books in 2013, and Transcending Obamacare: A Patient-CenteredPlan for Near-Universal Coverage and Permanent Fiscal Solvency. He serveson the advisory board of the National Institute for Health Care Management, andco-chaired the Fixing Veterans Health Care Policy Taskforce.

Roy’s writing has also appeared in The Wall StreetJournal, The New York Times, The Washington Post, USA Today, The Atlantic, National Review, The Weekly Standard, and NationalAffairs, among other publications.

He is a frequent guest on television news programs,including appearances on Fox News, Fox Business, NBC, MSNBC, CNBC, Bloomberg,CBS, PBS, and HBO.

From 2011 to 2016, Roy served as a Senior Fellow at theManhattan Institute for Policy Research, where he conducted research on theAffordable Care Act, entitlement reform, universal coverage, internationalhealth systems, and FDA policy. Previously, he served as an analyst andportfolio manager at Bain Capital, J.P. Morgan, and other firms.

He was born and raised near Detroit, Michigan, and graduatedfrom high school in San Antonio, Texas. USA Today named him to itsAll-USA High School Academic First Team, honoring the top 20 high schoolseniors in the country. Roy was educated at the Massachusetts Institute ofTechnology, where he studied molecular biology, and the Yale University Schoolof Medicine.