About Fred Birnbaum

Fred Birnbaum joined the Idaho Freedom Foundation as vice president and chief operating officer after working 25 years in the paper and packaging industry. Most recently he served as director of business and financial analysis for Packaging Corporation of America (formerly Boise Inc.) and has lived in Boise since 2000. His experience in industry includes roles in finance, operations, project management and factory management. Fred served in the U.S. Army as a communication staff officer and platoon leader and worked briefly for US Senator John Glenn, as a Military Affairs Fellow, following his Army career He received his master’s degree in business administration (MBA) from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and his bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Wisconsin at Madison. Email: [email protected]

Five things to know about Gov. Little’s first budget

Last week, Idaho Gov. Brad Little laid out his vision for Idaho in his first State of the State address. In concert, Little’s administration released his first budget blueprint, which sets the tone for the [...]

Contrary to what Jim Jones says, Medicaid expansion is not a done deal

Proponents of Medicaid expansion believe that the November election settled the issue of expansion and that the Legislature now simply needs to fund it. Recently, Jim Jones took that one step further by both attacking [...]

Freedom Foundation: Milliman’s Cost Estimates for Prop 2 Medicaid Expansion Push are Not Credible

Idaho Department of Health and Welfare records show that Milliman, the controversial consulting firm that estimates the costs of Idaho’s proposed Medicaid expansion, changed its forecast seven times over the course of about a month. [...]

Retired Justice Jim Jones is wrong about Medicaid expansion cost savings

Justice Jim Jones recently wrote a commentary claiming that Medicaid expansion would provide a net cost savings to Idaho. Jones asserted, “As for cost, Milliman, a highly regarded actuarial firm often used by the state, [...]

Medicaid expansion ‘cure’ is worse than the disease

Remember when President Barack Obama touted the benefits of the Affordable Care Act: Families would save $2,500 annually on premiums, you could keep your doctor and, crucially, the ACA would bend the medical cost curve [...]

Rubel is wrong on Medicaid expansion spending

Recently, Idaho Rep. Ilana Rubel presented a list of state rankings that placed Idaho near the bottom on several metrics, like per capita income. She concluded by calling for more government investment (read: spending) in education [...]