Last updated on: 2/23/2011 | Author: ProCon.org

Karl Rove Biography

Title:
Former Senior Advisor and Deputy Chief of Staff to President George W. Bush
Position:
Con to the question "Is the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) Good for America?"
Reasoning:

“[T]he real problem is ObamaCare’s substantive defects, some only now coming to light. Consider the April 22 analysis by Medicare’s chief actuary, Richard Foster, which blasted to smithereens many of Mr. Obama’s claims for the bill…

Because of new taxes, Mr. Foster rightly claimed that sick people would face ‘high drug and device prices’ and everyone would pay higher premiums – again, exactly the opposite of what Mr. Obama said…

Then in May, the Congressional Budget Office updated its cost projections. It found that the new health legislation would cost $115 billion more than estimated when it was enacted.

That’s not the end of the bad news. October will see the first round of Medicare cuts. Up to half of seniors will lose their Medicare Advantage coverage… or at least some of their benefits under this program.”

“ObamaCare’s Ever-Rising Price Tag,” Wall Street Journal, June 2, 2010

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
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Individuals with MDs, DOs, PhDs, JDs, or equivalent advanced degrees in fields relevant to health care and related issues. Also top-level government officials (such as foreign leaders, US presidents, Founding Fathers, Supreme Court Justices, members of legislative bodies, cabinet members, military leaders, etc.) with positions relevant to health care and related issues.
Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Member, Board of Trustees, Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation, 2009-present
  • Member, McDonald Observatory Board of Visitors, 2009-present
  • Contributor, FOX News, 2008-present
  • Member, Board of Trustees, Texas State History Museum Foundation, 2008-present
  • Weekly op-ed contributor, Wall Street Journal, 2007-present
  • Columnist, Newsweek, 2007-present
  • Deputy Chief of Staff to President George W. Bush, 2004-2007
  • Senior Advisor to President George W. Bush, 2000-2007
  • President, Karl Rove and Company, 1981-2000
  • Deputy Director, Texas Governor William P. Clements Junior Committee, 1979-1980
  • Legislative Aide, Texas State Representative Fred Agnich, 1977
  • Executive Assistant to the Co-Chair, Republican National Committee, 1974
  • Special Assistant, Republican National Committee, 1974
  • National Chairman, College Republican National Committee, 1973-1974
  • Executive Director, College Republican National Committee, 1971-1973
Education:
  • None found
Other:
  • Fred Barnes, executive editor of The Weekly Standard, has called Karl Rove “the greatest political mind of his generation and probably of any generation…”
  • In July 2009, Rove twice testified before the House Judiciary Committee regarding the dismissal of seven US Attorneys under the Bush Administration and the federal prosecution of former Alabama Governor Don Siegleman
  • Michael Cannon of the CATO Institute wrote in a Sep. 23, 2008 blog post published on CATO Institute’s website that “Karl Rove convinced, cajoled, and browbeat congressional Republicans into creating Medicare Part D.”
  • Rove was fired in 1992 from the GOP’s Texas Victory Committee, an organization trying to re-elect President George H.W. Bush, for allegedly making comments critical of its chairman, Robert Mosbacher Jr., in an article by Robert Novak. Rove denied the allegation and Novak concurred that Rove was not the source of the criticism.
Quoted in:
  1. Does Obamacare encourage health insurance competition?