Tevi Troy

  • CEO of the American Health Policy Institute
  • Former Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (2007-2009)
  • Best-Selling Presidential Historian

On August 3, 2007, Dr. Troy was unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate as the Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.  As Deputy Secretary, Dr. Troy was the chief operating officer of the largest civilian department in the federal government, with a budget of $716 billion and over 67,000 employees.  In that position, he oversaw all operations, including Medicare, Medicaid, public health, medical research, food and drug safety, and disaster preparedness.  He served as the regulatory policy officer for HHS, overseeing the development and approval of all HHS regulations and significant guidance.  In addition, he led a number of initiatives at HHS, including combating bio-terrorism and public health emergency preparedness.

Dr. Troy has extensive White House experience, having served in several high-level positions over a five-year period, culminating in his service as Deputy Assistant and then Acting Assistant to the President for Domestic Policy.  At the White House, Dr. Troy also specialized in crisis management, creating intra-governmental consensus, and all aspects of policy development, including strategy, outreach and coalition building.

In addition to his senior level government work and health care expertise, Dr. Troy is also a presidential historian, making him one of only a handful of historians who has both studied the White House and worked there at the highest levels.  His 2013 book, What Jefferson Read, Ike Watched, and Obama Tweeted: 200 Years of Popular Culture in the White House, was a Washington Post best-seller.  Dr. Troy is also the author of Shall We Wake the President? Two Centuries of Disaster Management from the Oval Office (2016) and Intellectuals and the American Presidency: Philosophers, Jesters, or Technicians? (2002), and has written over 250 articles, for The Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, The Washington Post, Forbes, The New Republic, Commentary, Reason, Investor’s Business Daily, National Review, Washingtonian, The Weekly Standard, and other publications.

 
  

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How does someone with impeccable conservative credentials gain such respect from across the aisle? Well, part of the answer is that Troy is a smart-as-a-whip straight-shooter with ramrod integrity, while also being an all-around nice guy. But it’s also that Troy’s books about the presidency are fair, and fascinating to readers of all stripes. His latest work, Shall We Wake the President? Two Centuries of Disaster Management from the Oval Office, couldn’t be better preparation for the job.


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Health Care: What’s Next?

For the better part of a decade, the health care debate in America has centered on the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare in some circles.  It’s vitally important to have objective metrics by which to judge the ACA, so that we can step away from partisan critics and judge objectively whether it has b ...

For the better part of a decade, the health care debate in America has centered on the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare in some circles.  It’s vitally important to have objective metrics by which to judge the ACA, so that we can step away from partisan critics and judge objectively whether it has been a success or a failure.  Furthermore, as the Republicans struggle with their inability to pass a repeal with only Republican votes, experts are trying to figure what can happen in Washington, and what that might mean for our health system.  How will those changes affect doctors, hospitals, businesses, the 177 million Americans in employer-sponsored plans, and, most importantly, you and your family?  Former Deputy Secretary of Health and Human Services Dr. Tevi Troy breaks down the Affordable Care Act, how we got here, where things stand now with the law, and where we are likely headed in the future.

Presidents and Pop Culture

History typically evaluates a president based on their policies and decisions, whether they concern foreign policy, health care, the economy, or other various issues. It's easy to forget that the president, too, is a person with distinct cultural tastes. A president's extracurricular activities and ...

History typically evaluates a president based on their policies and decisions, whether they concern foreign policy, health care, the economy, or other various issues. It's easy to forget that the president, too, is a person with distinct cultural tastes. A president's extracurricular activities and pastimes—music, theater, books, TV shows, movies, radio stations—can be just as their policy decisions. In fact, what presidents do in their free time can even influence their presidential actions and the image they project to the nation. Former White House aide and presidential historian Tevi Troy uses a host of entertaining stories to tell the informative tale of how our presidents have been shaped by, and have shaped, American popular culture.

Based on the Washington Post best-seller What Jefferson Read, Ike Watched, and Obama

Tweeted: 200 Years of Popular Culture in the White House”

Dealing with Disaster: How Presidents Have Dealt with Crises, and How You Should as Well

  Presidents today need to be prepared to deal with a host of unexpected crises anywhere they take place.  This was not always the case.  In 1811, when a series of devastating earthquakes hammered Missouri, word of what had happened did not reach the East Coast of the United States for 6 weeks after ...

 

Presidents today need to be prepared to deal with a host of unexpected crises anywhere they take place.  This was not always the case.  In 1811, when a series of devastating earthquakes hammered Missouri, word of what had happened did not reach the East Coast of the United States for 6 weeks after the earthquakes struck.  As communications technologies improved, and the federal government expanded in size and scope, the American people increased their expectations on Washington to handle disasters.  In recent years, the expectations have grown even further as the disasters appear to be coming more frequently. Since 2001, numerous unpredictable crises, including terror attacks, massive storms, and an economic collapse, have shaken Americans to their core. Former White House aide and Deputy Secretary of Health Tevi Troy looks at the evolving role of the president in dealing with disasters, including specific anecdotes on how presidents have handled disasters throughout our history.  In doing so, Dr. Troy will explain how smart policies today can help us avoid future crises, or allow us to best react to disasters should they occur.

1600 Lessons: Lessons in Leadership from Our Nation's Chief Executives

Throughout our nation's history, we have seen different presidential leadership styles. Some presidents were more commanding in nature, whereas others played on their natural charm to win over the electorate. Success as a leader is determined by one's ability to master the phases of leadership we di ...

Throughout our nation's history, we have seen different presidential leadership styles. Some presidents were more commanding in nature, whereas others played on their natural charm to win over the electorate. Success as a leader is determined by one's ability to master the phases of leadership we discussed today. Chief executives in the business world face similar challenges and obstacles as our nation's chief executives, albeit with different rules and different constituencies, and they can apply the lessons learned from leadership at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue to their leadership experiences in business.  In this unique leadership course designed for corporate executives and rising leaders alike, former White House aide and presidential historian Tevi Troy draws upon stories from our nation's presidents, ranging from JFK's mastery of debate in the 1960 election against Richard Nixon, Herbert Hoover's failure to reassure the American people during the Great Depression, and Barack Obama's "slow jamming the news" on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.

Jews and American politics

Jewish Americans have more interest groups per capita than any other ethnicity in America.  So many Jewish groups inundated the Eisenhower White House that John Foster Dulles, Eisenhower’s Secretary of State, asked that the Jewish groups create a single umbrella organization representing all of them ...

Jewish Americans have more interest groups per capita than any other ethnicity in America.  So many Jewish groups inundated the Eisenhower White House that John Foster Dulles, Eisenhower’s Secretary of State, asked that the Jewish groups create a single umbrella organization representing all of them.  While the Jewish groups complied, the effect of this was to create yet one more representative of the America Jewish community.  Tevi Troy, a former White House Jewish liaison and experienced speaker in Jewish venues, looks at the relationship of Jews and American politics from a number of different angles, including the history of Jewish involvement with American Politics; a historical analysis of the “Special Relationship” between America and Israel, and a deep dive into the state of the important Jewish vote in future election cycles.

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Tevi Troy is the CEO of the American Health Policy Institute, a former Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and a best-selling presidential historian.  He is a frequent television and radio analyst, and has appeared on CNN, Fox News, Fox Business, CNBC, C-SPAN and The News Hour, among other outlets.

On August 3, 2007, Dr. Troy was unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate as the Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.  As Deputy Secretary, Dr. Troy was the chief operating officer of the largest civilian department in the federal government, with a budget of $716 billion and over 67,000 employees.  In that position, he oversaw all operations, including Medicare, Medicaid, public health, medical research, food and drug safety, and disaster preparedness.  He served as the regulatory policy officer for HHS, overseeing the development and approval of all HHS regulations and significant guidance.  In addition, he led a number of initiatives at HHS, including combating bio-terrorism and public health emergency preparedness.

Dr. Troy has extensive White House experience, having served in several high-level positions over a five-year period, culminating in his service as Deputy Assistant and then Acting Assistant to the President for Domestic Policy.  At the White House, Dr. Troy also specialized in crisis management, creating intra-governmental consensus, and all aspects of policy development, including strategy, outreach and coalition building.

Dr. Troy has held high-level positions on Capitol Hill as well.  From 1998 to 2000, Dr. Troy served as the Policy Director for Senator John Ashcroft. From 1996 to 1998, Troy was Senior Domestic Policy Adviser and later Domestic Policy Director for the House Policy Committee, chaired by Christopher Cox.  Before serving on Capitol Hill, Dr. Troy was a Researcher at the American Enterprise Institute.

In addition to his senior level government work and health care expertise, Dr. Troy is also a presidential historian, making him one of only a handful of historians who has both studied the White House and worked there at the highest levels.  His 2013 book, What Jefferson Read, Ike Watched, and Obama Tweeted: 200 Years of Popular Culture in the White House, was a Washington Post best-seller.  Dr. Troy is also the author of Shall We Wake the President? Two Centuries of Disaster Management from the Oval Office (2016) and Intellectuals and the American Presidency: Philosophers, Jesters, or Technicians? (2002), and has written over 250 articles, for The Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, The Washington Post, Forbes, The New Republic, Commentary, Reason, Investor’s Business Daily, National Review, Washingtonian, The Weekly Standard, and other publications.

Dr. Troy has a B.S. in Industrial and Labor Relations from Cornell University and an M.A and Ph.D. in American Civilization from the University of Texas at Austin.

Dr. Troy lives in Maryland with his wife Kami and four children.