NCPA Commentaries by John C Goodman

Dr. John C. Goodman, President and founder of the NCPA and Kellye Wright Fellow, is known as the father of Health Savings Accounts and was dubbed by National Journal as "a winner of the devolution derby." He is one of the nation's leading health economists and health policy experts. Dr. Goodman regularly briefs members of Congress on these issues and is the author of nine books.

  • May 08, 2011

    Ryan's Plan

    Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) has proposed a Medicare reform plan that is being contrasted with the approach adopted by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), what some people call ObamaCare. The plan is the centerpiece of the House Republican budget; it's attracting a lot of criticism from the Obama administration and from left-of-center commentators; and even Republicans seem to be backing away from it.


  • May 03, 2011

    An Alternative to Malpractice

    Texas Insider - About three decades ago, University of Chicago law professor Richard Epstein proposed a radical alternative to our system of malpractice liability. He called it 'liability by contract.' The idea: let patients and doctors voluntarily agree in advance how to resolve things if something goes wrong.


  • Apr 21, 2011

    Will Price Competition Lead To Quality Competition?

    Health Affairs Blog: In our third-party-payer health insurance system the price for care is typically set by entities external to the doctor-patient relationship. As a result, providers rarely compete for patients based on money prices.


  • Apr 19, 2011

    Medicare by the Numbers

    Texas Insider - Here are the five most important things you need to know about Paul Ryan, Barack Obama and Medicare. You won't find this anywhere else.


  • Apr 16, 2011

    How Safe is Your Hospital?

    Townhall.com - Hospitals are dangerous places to be. At least if you are a patient. My colleagues Biff Jones and Pam Villarreal and I estimate that as many as 187,000 patients die every year for some reason other than the medical condition which caused them to seek care. We also estimate there are 6.1 million injuries caused by the health care system, including hospital acquired infections that afflict one in every 20 hospital patients.


  • Apr 15, 2011

    The Lessons of Japan and Radiation: Recognizing the Good and Ill of a Powerful Tool

    The Asco Post - The potential of a disaster occurring from the peaceful use of radiation in Japan more than 65 years after the wartime devastation wrought by nuclear weapons is fateful. While the radiation that caused the wartime devastation could not be seen, the aftermath was viewed worldwide.


  • Apr 15, 2011

    The Lessons of Japan and Radiation: Recognizing the Good and Ill of a Powerful Tool

    The Asco Post - The potential of a disaster occurring from the peaceful use of radiation in Japan more than 65 years after the wartime devastation wrought by nuclear weapons is fateful. While the radiation that caused the wartime devastation could not be seen, the aftermath was viewed worldwide.


  • Apr 06, 2011

    Entitlement Reform: What Next?

    National Review Online - The Republicans have no plan to insure the uninsured. How do I know that? A New York Times editorial told me. So did Ezra Klein, writing in the Washington Post. But wait. Didn't John McCain have such a plan during the last presidential election?


  • Mar 28, 2011

    Ponzi Schemes

    Townhall.com: Jack Lew is lucky he isn't in prison. Were he representing a private pension fund and if he made the sort of statements he made in USA Today the other day, he might well be sharing a cell with Bernie Madoff. So who is Jack Lew? And what did he say?


  • Mar 25, 2011

    Is Medicaid Real Insurance?

    Kaiser Health News: As governors across the land struggle with fiscal pressures and pepper the federal government with requests to scale back Medicaid – many people are losing sight of the fact that health care reform (what some call ObamaCare) requires a huge expansion of Medicaid.