A Conservative Women's Network Event
Christie Herrera is vice president of policy at the Foundation for Government Accountability (FGA).
Most recently, Christie served as director of the Health and Human Services Task Force at the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), a nationwide, nonpartisan association of state legislators. During her time at ALEC, 38 states enacted model legislation drafted by ALEC’s Health and Human Services Task Force. Christie has also been a key figure in galvanizing state pushback against the harmful effects of the Affordable Care Act. A bipartisan collection of 14 states have enacted ALEC’s Health Care Freedom Act, a measure designed to protect patients’ rights and block a government requirement to purchase health insurance.
Christie has testified before Congress and legislative committees in 27 states, and she has been a featured speaker to legislative caucuses, nonprofit organizations, and business groups across the country. Her policy work has been covered by the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, the Economist, Politico, and Fox News Channel, among other media outlets.
Christie holds a B.S. in communications studies and an M.S. in political science from Florida State University.
Grace-Marie Turner is president of the Galen Institute, a public policy research organization that she founded in 1995 to promote an informed debate over free-market ideas for health reform.
She has been instrumental in developing and promoting ideas for reform to transfer power over health care decisions to doctors and patients. She speaks and writes extensively about incentives to promote a more competitive, patient-centered marketplace in the health sector.
She testifies regularly before Congress and advises senior government officials, governors, and state legislators on health policy. She is a co-author of Why ObamaCare Is Wrong for America, published by HarperCollins in 2011 and editor of Empowering Health Care Consumers through Tax Reform.
Grace-Marie served for a three-year term as a member of the National Advisory Council of Healthcare Research and Quality and served as a member of the Medicaid Commission, charged with making recommendations to modernize and improve Medicaid.
She has been published in hundreds of major newspapers, including The Wall Street Journal and USA Today, and has appeared on ABC’s 20/20 and on hundreds of radio and television programs in the U.S. Grace-Marie speaks extensively in the U.S. and abroad, including at the London School of Economics, Oxford University, and the Gregorian University at the Vatican.
Grace-Marie is founder and facilitator of the Health Policy Consensus Group which serves as a forum for analysts from market-oriented think tanks around the country to analyze and develop policy recommendations.
She received the 2007 Outstanding Achievement Award for Promotion of Consumer Driven Health Care from Consumer Health World, and she serves on the board of the Association of Private Enterprise Education. In the mid-1990s, Grace-Marie served as executive director of the National Commission on Economic Growth and Tax Reform. For 12 years, she was president of Arnett & Co., a health policy analysis and communications firm. Her early career was in politics and journalism, where she received numerous awards for her writings on politics and economics.