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]

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 [...]

HB 697 – Department of Corrections, trailer

HB 695 – Division of Medicaid

HB 700 – Wolf Depredation Control Board