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Joshua Gordon
Policy Director

Joshua B. Gordon is the Policy Director of The Concord Coalition, a nonpartisan, grassroots organization dedicated to educating the public about federal budget issues and their consequences for the future. The Concord Coalition was founded in 1992 by the late U.S. Senators Warren Rudman (R-NH) and Paul Tsongas (D-MA), and former Secretary of Commerce Peter G. Peterson.

Mr. Gordon directs The Concord Coalition's research on the federal budget, health care policy and tax policy and is the editor of Concord's blog. He frequently discusses Concord’s positions in public speeches and interviews with the media. He also directs Concord’s classroom curriculum and its budget simulations, and was a research advisor for the Sundance Film Festival Documentary I.O.U.S.A. He has been with Concord since 2001.

Mr. Gordon has a Ph.D. in political science from the University of Florida and wrote his dissertation on the budget process and the House Appropriations Committee. He also has a Master’s degree from the University of Florida and taught classes there on American Politics and on Congress. He recently served as an Adjunct Professor for the George Washington University Graduate School of Political Management. He received his Bachelor’s degree from Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia.

Recent Publications

On Health Care Costs: One Small Step Forward, One Big Step Back
January 16, 2018
Last week brought consequential developments on the road to health care cost control. On the positive side, the Trump administration unveiled a new payment reform model while the nominee for Health and Human Services (HHS) secretary indicated a willingness to reverse course and allow a key type of cost-control experimentation.
Bipartisan Health Care Fix Would Move the Ball Forward
October 19, 2017
The bipartisan effort led by Senators Lamar Alexander and Patty Murray represents an important, fiscally responsible step towards getting the country past an immediate crisis in insurance markets so that we can move on to debate necessary longer-term health care system reforms.
Voting on Health Care Bill Without CBO Score is Highly Problematic
September 18, 2017
Republican lawmakers are trying to rapidly pass a bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) through the Senate prior to the end of the fiscal year (Sept. 30) so that it can still enjoy budget reconciliation protections and avoid a filibuster. The “Graham-Cassidy” bill would convert the current health care subsidies from the federal government for the ACA and the ACA’s Medicaid expansion into block grants and would require states to create rules for distributing the subsidies.