About the Authors
Micah Weinberg, PhD
Micah Weinberg is currently President of the Economic Institute at the Bay Area Council. In this role, he manages a team of professional researchers who produce world class economic and policy analysis and insight. Economic opportunity, affordable housing, reliable transportation, and lifelong learning are the pillars of personal and community health. Dr. Weinberg’s own research and advocacy focuses on improving these “social determinants” of health as well as on expanding access to high quality, affordable healthcare. Before coming to the Council, Micah was Senior Research Fellow at the New America Foundation. Dr. Weinberg’s writing has appeared in diverse outlets from Politico to Policy Studies Journal, and he has appeared on Fox News and NPR. He holds a doctoral degree in Political Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and graduated with honors from Princeton University with a degree in Politics.
Leif Wellington Haase
Leif Wellington Haase, president of LWH Consulting, is a leading author and researcher on the U.S. health system, focusing on health care reform, insurance coverage,
and health care costs. He is the author of numerous books and articles, including A New Deal for Health: How to Cover Everyone and Get Medical Costs Under Control. He has served as executive director for the California Task Force on Affordable Care and was director of the New America Foundation’s California Program, which sponsored research on issues of critical importance to California, including health care, education, energy, and tax and budget policy. Before joining New America, Haase served as senior program officer at The Century Foundation and led its health policy program. He holds degrees from Yale University and Princeton University.