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.
Feb 11, 2003
Mandated health insurance benefits are laws requiring insurers to cover specific providers and procedures not usually included in basic health care plans. In 1965 there were only seven state-mandated benefits nationwide. Today there are close to 1,500.
Aug 08, 2002
People on Medicare are the only group in our society that needs to purchase a second insurance policy to fill the gaps in their primary health plan. Even after doing that, many seniors do not have coverage for the prescription drugs that non-seniors take for granted.
Feb 13, 2002
Ever since Hillary Clinton's calamitous attempt to restructure the nation's health care system, Democrats have been reluctant to propose any major health care reforms. For almost 10 years, therefore, the health-policy field has been a wide open area of opportunity for Republicans. But they too have been reluctant to act.
Aug 01, 2001
The President's Comission to Strengthen Social Security has concluded that Social Security is in trouble and needs a radical overhaul. The commission is right.
May 14, 2001
Critics on the left and right are questioning President George W. Bush's plan to make it easier for faith-based charities to compete for federal welfare funds.
Mar 14, 2001
The number of people who lack health insurance now stands at about 43 million, more than were uninsured a decade ago. Moreover the growth in the uninsured has occurred during a period when income and wealth was rising for the vast majority of American families.
Mar 05, 2001
One in four Texans does not have health insurance, the highest percentage in the nation. One reason is that a lot of families cannot afford health insurance. But many Texas families who can afford it simply choose not to buy it. As a result, many Texans are uninsured by choice.
Sep 12, 2000
A left-leaning federal judge in Texas ruled recently that the Medicaid system in the state was not to his liking, and ordered changes. This isn't too surprising, as activist judges in Texas have a history of attempting to take over everything from prisons to schools.
Aug 28, 2000
Most historians, and virtually everyone on the political left, views most human interactions as zero-sum (to borrow a term from game theory). One person's gain is another person's loss.
Apr 01, 2000
Tax credits for health insurance is not a new idea. A refundable tax credit for low-income families became part of the tax code in 1990, primarily due to the efforts of Texas Senator Lloyd Bentsen. Very few families took advantage of this tax subsidy, however (because of mechanical problems discussed below), and the tax credit was repealed a few years later.