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Michael A. Needham

Born: c. 1982

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: White
Occupation: Activist
Party Affiliation: Republican

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Heritage Action for America

Stephen Moore, "Michael Needham: The Strategist Behind the Shutdown", The Wall Street Journal, 11 October 2013:

Though Texas Sen. Ted Cruz is the public face of the high-risk strategy to "defund" ObamaCare, the masterminds behind it are a new generation of young conservatives, chief among them Mr. Needham. From a tactical view, the strategy has been deployed with precision. In August, only Mr. Cruz and a band of renegade tea-party Republicans in the House favored this approach, and the media collectively scoffed. But by September, House Republicans couldn't pass a budget without attaching the defunding rider that has grounded much of government.
Ironically, Obamacare is patterned on Romneycare, itself masterminded by the Heritage Foundation. Quoting Dr. Robert Emmet Moffit, Senior Fellow at Heritage, 2006:
We've been honored by your request... to participate in giving our best advice and our technical assistance in designing a new and different kind of health insurance market. A market that is patient-centered and consumer-based, which will ease access to affordable coverage for thousands of Bay State citizens. This is new. It's a new market, where individuals and families will be able to own and control their health insurance and take it with them to from job to job... Nothing like it has ever been attempted anywhere else in the United States. So Massachusetts has raised the bar for every state in the union. And that's the applause you've given to your public officials here today is going to echo far beyond the hallow halls of this historic place.

    University: BA Political Science, Williams College (2004)
    University: MBA, Stanford University (2010)

    The Heritage Foundation CEO, Heritage Action for America (2010-)
    Rudy Giuliani Presidential Committee Special Assistant (2007-08)
    The Heritage Foundation Chief of Staff and Director (2004-07)


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