Brian Chiglinsky

Brian Chiglinsky

Brian Chiglinsky of Falls Church works in health care communications. A former director of speechwriting at the United States Department of Health and Human Services, he has worked in state, local and federal government. His views are his own and do not represent those of any other organization.

Correctional officers stand at the entrance to the Greensville Correctional Center on Nov. 10, 2009, near Jarratt, Virginia. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

‘Do we deserve to kill?’ Executing criminals takes something from all of us.

By: - February 10, 2021

Just last week, the General Assembly passed a bill to end the death penalty in Virginia. It’s a historic proposal. Capital punishment has been a fixture in the commonwealth for its entire history. Yet despite that length of time, few Virginians have actually been involved in an execution. It’s something that happens ostensibly on our […]


Medicaid expansion may be the most important thing the General Assembly has done in a generation

By: - November 20, 2019

Making policy is often pretty bland and frustrating. Long hours and detailed analyses often lead to an endless spool of problems to solve, and results that can take decades to fully grasp. A hundred years ago, Max Weber called it the “strong and slow boring of hard boards,” and that’s not because he was particularly […]


Prediction: It will be another ‘health care election’

By: - October 28, 2019

The 2018 midterms were a “health care election.” Mobilized by the Republican Congress’ attempts to repeal the Affordable Care Act, midterm voters turned out in the highest percentage since 1914 and sent Democrats to control the House of Representatives. The 2017 election in Virginia was a health care election, too. More than 70 percent of […]


Summer blockbuster: the Democratic health care slugfest

By: - August 19, 2019

There’s a great line in 2014’s “Godzilla” that I thought about during the last Democratic debate, as the candidates turned to health care. To set the scene, humanity’s had a pretty bad day, which is kind of standard in Godzilla movies. We just found out that earth was home to not just one enormous, radiation-charged, […]


Nobody’s got time to wait for ‘something terrific’

By: - July 11, 2019

It was a little more than a year before he’d lose Virginia and win the presidency that Donald Trump promised a crowd at Richmond International Raceway, “We’re going to repeal Obamacare, and replace it with something that’s going to be terrific.” Today, nearly four years later, there is no replacement in sight. On Tuesday, his […]


The Medicaid work requirement: A ‘blunt instrument of a bad idea’

By: - January 14, 2019

Adrian worked a full-time job and he received health insurance through Medicaid. As it turns out, that’s a pretty common story. For every 15 Americans on Medicaid, nine of them already have a job, according to the latest data from the Kaiser Family Foundation. Two people have an illness or disability that keeps them from […]