Leif Wellington Haase, Senior Advisor

Leif Wellington Haase is president of LWH Consulting and a senior fellow at the New America Foundation. Haase is a leading expert on U.S., California, and international health care systems, focusing on health care reform, insurance issues, employer-based coverage, and controlling health costs.

Haase’s plan for achieving comprehensive US health reform, A New Deal for Health: How to Cover Everyone and Get Medical Costs under Control gained national attention. He is also the co-author of Medicare Tomorrow, “National Health Insurance: Lessons from Abroad,” “Lessons from California’s Health Reform Efforts for the National Debate,” and articles on prescription drug coverage, pharmaceutical pricing, and long-term care.

In 2009-2010 he served as the executive director of the California Task Force on Affordable Care, a high-level group of physicians, insurers, patient advocates, and other stakeholders working together to find ways to get better value for health spending. The group’s final report recommended policies for saving the state more than $300 billion in health spending over ten years.

Before joining New America, Haase served as Senior Program Officer and Health Care Fellow at The Century Foundation, formerly the Twentieth Century Fund, a public policy research organization based in New York City. His accomplishments at Century included directing national task forces on Medicare and bioterrorism and public health and writing, co-authoring, or editing books on health care, Social Security, media, and gambling. He has taught at Yale University and at the Dalian University of Technology, People’s Republic of China. He holds degrees from Yale and Princeton University.