Heritage names Nina Owcharenko as first Wells health care fellow

The Heritage Foundation has announced that Nina Owcharenko has been named the first Preston A. Wells Jr. Fellow in Health Policy.

“This is well-deserved recognition for Nina’s leadership in the effort to repeal Obamacare and move America to patient-centered, market-based health care,” said Heritage President Edwin J. Feulner in a statement. “Dick Wells believed it was people and organizations, not the federal government, that can solve America’s political ills.”

Owcharenko, who oversees the think tank’s work on expanding the availability of affordable, consumer-centric health care, joined Heritage in 2001 and has been the director of its Center for Health Policy Studies since 2010.

The fellowship is supported by the Florida-based Lillian S. Wells Foundation.

The Heritage Foundation has also recently announced that education policy scholar Lindsey Burke has been named the Will Skillman Fellow in Education and that Nicolas Loris , an economist at the think tank, has been named the Herbert and Joyce Morgan Fellow.

Allen McDuffee writes about politics and policy and covered think tanks for The Washington Post from 2011 to 2013. He blogs and hosts a podcast at governmentality.net and is currently working on a book about the influence of think tanks in Washington.

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