Last updated on: 8/10/2010 | Author:

Scott Gottlieb, MD Biography

Resident Fellow at the American Enterprise Institute
Con to the question "Is the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) Good for America?"

“As business starts grappling with health reform, it’s becoming clearer that the Obama plan is predicated on some false assumptions about the health care industry.

Three assumptions underlying the legislation are simply wrong, making it hard to see how the plan ever reduces costs. It assumes that health insurers are highly profitable, that doctors and hospitals operate on lean margins, and that the source of change and innovation in health care delivery is going to come from hospitals and medical practices that consolidate into more closed provider networks.

All three of these suppositions have been erroneous in the past, and will remain wrong in the future. It’s almost as though nobody in the White House or the Senate drafting and shaping the plan’s contents had ever worked in the health care industry in any meaningful capacity.”

“Diagnosing Misconceptions about Health Care,” Politico’s The Arena, Aug. 8, 2010

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Director, CombiMatrix Corporation, 2009-present
  • Director, Molecular Insight Pharmaceuticals, 2007-present
  • Columnist,, 2007-present
  • Resident Fellow, American Enterprise Institute, 2004-present
  • Medical Internist, Stamford Hospital, 2003-present
  • Deputy Commissioner for Medical and Scientific Affairs, Food and Drug Administration, 2005-2007
  • Author, Forbes-Gottlieb Medical Technology Report, 2004-2005
  • Staff Writer, British Medical Journal, 1997-2005
  • Senior Adviser to the Administrator, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, 2004
  • Director of Medical Policy Development, Food and Drug Administration, 2004
  • Senior Adviser for Medical Technology to the Commissioner, Food and Drug Administration, 2003-2004
  • Senior Editor, “Pulse”, Journal of the American Medical Association, 1996-2001
  • Health Care Analyst, Alex Brown & Sons, 1994-1995
  • MD, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, 1999
  • BA, Economics, Wesleyan University, 1994
  • Has authored over 300 articles that have been published in medical journals, Forbes Magazine, and leading newspapers such as the Wall Street Journal and USA Today
  • Has testified before Congress six times regarding various health care topics, including the cost of being sick and the FDA’s drug approval process
  • Appears regularly as a guest commentator on CNBC
Quoted in:
  1. Does Obamacare encourage health insurance competition?