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.

  • Dec 05, 2005

    Time, Money and the Market for Drugs

    Americans spend more than $234 billion a year on legally purchased chemical entities. Although the expense is a small part of our nation's $1.8 trillion health care bill, the dollars involved are substantial, amounting to more than $2,000 per household per year.


  • Nov 30, 2004

    Political Equilibrium and the provision of public goods

    This paper treats interest groups – people in their role as consumers of a public good and people in their role as taxpayers – as the unit of account for representative voting. Each group is allowed to make an effort to support its preferred candidate and, at the margin, the effort-benefit ratio is the political price the group is willing to pay to secure an additional dollar of benefits.


  • Aug 26, 2004

    Kerrycare: Your Money or Your Life?

    John Kerry wants your money and your life. He has proposed a bold new health plan with a 10-year cost in excess of $1 trillion, to be paid in part by rescinding President Bush's tax cuts for the highest-income taxpayers.


  • Apr 08, 2004

    Designing Ideal Health Insurance

    The modern era has inherited two models of health insurance: the fee-for-service model and the HMO model. Neither is appropriate to the Information Age. Both models assume that (1) the amount of sickness is limited and largely outside the control of the insureds, (2) methods of treating illness are limited and well defined, and (3) because of patient ignorance and asymmetry of information, treatment decisions will always be filtered by physicians, based on their own knowledge and experience or clinical practice guidelines.

    However, an explosion of technological innovation and the rapid diffusion of knowledge about the potential of medical science to diagnose and treat disease have rendered these assumptions obsolete. In this chapter, we briefly outline the type of insurance we believe would emerge if we rely on markets, rather than regulators, to solve our problems.

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  • Dec 26, 2003

    To Your Health

    Despite all the controversy about the new Medicare prescription-drug benefit, the law signed by the president this month contains a gem of an idea that should command support across the political spectrum. Beginning Jan. 1, 250 million nonelderly Americans will acquire the right to have a tax-free Health Savings Account.


  • Jul 21, 2003

    Drugs from Canada: A price too high?

    We've all had the experience. You're riding in an airplane and discover that the person in the next seat paid $200 for his ticket, while you paid $800 for yours. Or maybe it was the other way around. Maybe you had the cheap fare and your seatmate paid top dollar.


  • Feb 11, 2003

    Health Insurance Mandates Increase Costs, Uninsured

    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

    Wrong Rx For Medicare

    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

    Bush Wrests Health Care From Democrats

    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

    How to Save Social Security

    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.