Phillip Longman

Phillip Longman is a Senior Research Fellow with the New America Foundation, where he works on health care delivery system reform and issues related to market concentration. He is also the senior editor of Washington Monthly and a lecturer at Johns Hopkins, where he teaches health care policy.

His work has appeared in such publications as The Atlantic Monthly, The Financial Times, Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, Harvard Business Review, The New Republic, The New Statesman, The New York Times Magazine, Politica Exterior, Der Spiegel, and World Politics Review.

His work on health care includes Best Care Anywhere, recently updated with a third edition. The book chronicles the quality transformation of the Veterans Health Administration and applies its lessons for reforming the U.S. health care system as a whole.

Longman has spoken widely on this subject in popular and academic forums, including National Public Radio and MS-NBC, the Wharton School of Business, Yale School of Management, The National Convention of the American Legion, Physicians for an National Health Program, The Open Source Convention, The National Association of Veterans Research and Education Foundations, and at numerous VA facilities around the country.

Mr. Longman has also written frequently on the issue of global aging and its relationship to the spread of sub-replacement fertility in both the developed and developing world. Following publication of his 2004 book, The Empty Cradle, he has spoken widely on the subject, including in advisory roles with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the U.S. Naval War College, the Japan Foundation, and the governments of India and the Russian Federation.

Longman’s first book, Born to Pay: the New Politics of Aging in America (1987), accurately predicted the mounting strains on federal spending and economic growth associated with the aging of the Baby Boom generation. In 1997, he warned of the consequences of excess debt and insufficient savings in his book, The Return of Thrift: How the Collapse of the Middle Class Welfare State Will Reawaken Values in America. He is also the co-author, with Ray Boshara, of The Next Progressive Era: A Blueprint for Broad Prosperity, which argues for an embrace of small-scale enterprise and asset-building policies by today’s progressive movement.

Formerly a senior writer and deputy assistant managing editor at U.S. News & World Report, he has won numerous awards for his business and financial writing, including UCLA's Gerald Loeb Award, and the top prize for investigative journalism from Investigative Reporters and Editors. He is a graduate of Oberlin College, and was also a Knight-Bagehot Fellow at Columbia University.