Analyst who helped crafted health law leaves White House budget office

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Fontenot was also at the table to hammer out healthcare savings in recent budget debates, during which White House Chief of Staff Jack LewJack LewOne year later, the Iran nuclear deal is a success by any measure Chinese President Xi says a trade war hurts the US and China Overnight Finance: Price puts stock trading law in spotlight | Lingering questions on Trump biz plan | Sanders, Education pick tangle over college costs MORE — a former OMB director — fought to protect the Medicaid program from any cuts.

Lew, who is now Treasury secretary, attended Fontenot's going-away party Friday, along with a host of other high-ranking healthcare and budget officials.

"I can’t thank Keith enough for all he has done for this Administration and the American people," Zients said. "He is a strong leader and great public servant who we will all sorely miss.” 

Fontenot is heading to the Brookings Institution after a 30-year government career that included stints at OMB, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the Congressional Budget Office and the Social Security Administration.