James Capretta has spent more than two decades studying American health care policy. As an associate director at the White House’s Office of Management and Budget from 2001 to 2004, he was responsible for all health care, Social Security and welfare issues. Earlier, he served as a senior health policy analyst at the U.S. Senate Budget Committee and at the U.S. House Committee on Ways and Means. Capretta is also concurrently a Senior Fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center. At AEI, he will be researching how to replace the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (best known as Obamacare) with a less expensive reform plan to provide effective and secure health insurance for working-age Americans and their families.


  • Senior Fellow, Ethics and Public Policy Center, 2013 -present
  • Fellow, Ethics and Public Policy Center, 2006 -2012
  • Editorial Board, Health Affairs, 2012- present
  • Advisory Board, National Institute for Health Care Management, 2011-present
  • Associate Director for Human Resource Programs, Office of Management and Budget, 2001-2004
  • Senior Analyst, U.S. Senate Budget Committee and U.S. House Ways and Means Committee, 1990 -2000





M.A., public policy studies, Duke University

B.A., government, University of Notre Dame