Bob Crittenden

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Bob Crittenden, more formally known as Dr. Robert A.Crittenden, wrote the first version of Washington state 1993 health-care bill. He is an aide to Gov. Jay Inslee who back in 1993 was working for Gov. Booth Gardner.[1]

He studied at University of California at Berkeley, graduating in 1968 where he was an All-American defensive lineman and captain of the football team., received a Diploma in Economics and Political Theory from Oxford in 1968, and completed an MD in 1976 and an MPH degree in 1987 from the University of Washington.[2]

He was a Robert Wood Johnson Fellow working in Senator George Mitchell's office on long term care and health reforms and outlined the bill that eventually became the Kennedy Mitchell Bill. .[2][3]

According to the introduction to a Seattle University School of Law webinar in 2017, in which Crittenden was to speak on a panel, Crittenden "started a number of programs such Rainier Family Medicine (now Rainier Beach CHC), Kids Get Care in King County, the family medicine service at Harborview and was the founding executive director of the Herndon Alliance - a communications effort - that was a coalition of over 200 organizations nationally doing communications for passage and preservation of the Affordable Care Act."[3]

He began serving as a Senior Policy Advisor for Health for Governor Inslee in 2013 with the prime role of implementing the Affordable Care Act in Washington.[2][4]

He is a Professor Emeritus of the University of Washington School of Medicine.[2]


  1. Gutman, David (12 January 2017). "Dismantling of state's health reforms in 1993 may offer lessons for Obamacare repeal". The Seattle Times.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 "Profile: Robert A. Crittenden, MD, MPH". University of Washington School of Medicine. Retrieved 7 June 2017.
  3. 3.0 3.1 "The Current Status of the ACA and Healthcare: Medical and Legal Perspectives / 1.75 LAW AND LEGAL CLE CREDITS / WSBA ACTIVITY ID #1038826".
  4. "Governor Announces Health Care Policy Team". February 26, 2013.

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