(Story updated with comment from Goodman Monday, June 16 at 4:45 p.m. ET.)
Prominent conservative healthcare policy analyst John Goodman has been fired over “sexual misconduct and breach of fiduciary duty,” according to the Dallas-based National Center for Policy Analysis, the research group he founded and led for three decades.
Goodman is a libertarian-oriented commentator and strong critic of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act
. He has frequently been cited as the intellectual father of health-savings accounts, a cornerstone of conservative health policy.
Contacted by Modern Healthcare, Goodman indicated that the purported reasons for his firing were false. “It isn't true and it's not the reason why I was fired,” Goodman said. He has threatened to sue
the think tank.
The NCPA's board chair, Jerry Mills, will lead the organization while a search is conducted for a new chief executive.
“We hoped to handle this in a professional manner, but Mr. Goodman's actions require that we clarify the situation,” said an unsigned statement from the organization. “We are all committed to NCPA with its strong group of experts, and we are looking forward to a bright future. NCPA will continue to be an important voice in policy discussions to foster a market economy and to develop solutions for the issues facing the country.”
Despite his opposition to Obamacare, in a post on the Forbes magazine site June 11
, Goodman urged Republicans to support legislation to fix the ACA rather than replace it. “By November, there will be between 10 and 15 million people who have insurance through a health insurance exchange or through expanded Medicaid,” he wrote. “Are Republicans going to take their insurance away from them and toss them out on the street to manage on their own? If so, they will be giving as many as 15 million people a strong incentive to vote for the other party.”Follow Paul Demko on Twitter: @MHpdemko