Trump’s New Chief Economic Adviser

Trump’s New Chief Economic Adviser

Fred Prouser

President Trump plans to name a health care expert to lead the White House Council of Economic Advisers, The Washington Post reported Monday. Tomas Philipson would replace outgoing CEA chief Kevin Hassett, a tax expert who has been a strong proponent of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.

On leave from the University of Chicago, where he focused on public policy and health economics, Philipson has worked as a senior economist in the Trump White House for nearly two years, and previously served in the George W. Bush administration.

Philipson has been “a key player” in the White House effort to drug bring down drug prices, The Post's Heather Long and Jeff Stein said, and his appointment could signal a “heightened focus ahead on health-care issues” in Trump administration in the coming months.