As former U.S. Assistant Secretary of Health and Human Services, Ben Sasse has been at the forefront of today's most dynamic healthcare issues. Nominated by President Bush and unanimously confirmed by the Democratic Senate to the fourth-ranking position in the government's largest-budget agency, Sasse led policy, planning, and research functions across the Department's eleven operating divisions, with a special focus on Medicare, Medicaid, and the Food and Drug Administration.
Currently, Sasse is president of MidlandUniversity in Nebraska, where his astute planning and swift actionled to an increaseinenrollment byover 50% within only months of his induction. Appointed in 2010 atthe age of 38, he became one of the youngest chief executives in American higher education. Prior to joining Midland, Sasse taught public policy at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas. His research examines efforts to modernize payment systems in American health care, to eventually migrate from "paying for more" to "paying for better" in ways that will stimulate entrepreneurial innovation from doctors, hospitals, and related industries.