June 5, 2012
Washington, D.C., June 5, 2012--Nina Owcharenko, who oversees The Heritage Foundation’s work on expanding the availability of affordable, consumer-centric health care, has been named the leading think tank’s first Preston A. Wells Jr. Fellow in Health Policy.
“This is well-deserved recognition for Nina’s leadership in the effort to repeal Obamacare and move America to patient-centered, market-based health care,” Heritage President Edwin J. Feulner said. “Dick Wells believed it was people and organizations, not the federal government, that can solve America’s political ills.”
Himself a successful entrepreneur, Preston “Dick” Wells served on Heritage’s Board of Trustees from 1994 until his death in 2003. The fellowship in his name was made possible by the Florida-based Lillian S. Wells Foundation.
Owcharenko (pronounced oh-CHAH-renko), who joined Heritage in 2001, is well known in Washington policy circles as a champion of patient choice and robust competition in health insurance markets. As director of the think tank’s Center for Health Policy Studies since 2010, Owcharenko spearheads proposals for common-sense reforms of insurance markets, Medicare and Medicaid, and tax treatment of health insurance, among other issues.
Owcharenko previously was the center’s deputy director, coordinating related research and acting as lead advocate of Heritage’s proposals as debate heated up in Congress over the Obamacare bill. Originally from Charlotte, N.C., she resides with her husband and their son in Washington, D.C.
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