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.

  • Sep 12, 2000

    Health In the Lone Star State

    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

    Life As A Positive-Sum Game

    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

    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took advantage of this tax subsidy, however (because of mechanical problems discussed below), and the tax credit was repealed a few years later.


  • Mar 09, 2000

    MSAs for Everyone

    Medical Savings Accounts (MSAs) give patients direct ownership and control over a portion of their health care dollars.


  • Feb 08, 2000

    Rx for Medicare

    From members of Congress to candidates for president to activist groups buying advertising time on television, everyone is telling us that seniors need insurance coverage for prescription drugs.


  • Feb 07, 2000

    A Better Prescription for Medicare

    To listen to some politicians speak one might get the impression that the only way seniors can get prescription drug coverage is for Washington to add a large new benefit onto Medicare. This is simply not so.


  • Feb 07, 2000

    Government-free Rx

    To listen to some politicians speak, one might get the impression that the only way seniors can get prescription drug coverage is for Washington to add a large new benefit to Medicare. This is simply not so.


  • Dec 21, 1999

    Level the Playing Field for U.S. Health Insurance

    The federal government "spends" about $125 billion in tax subsidies each year, encouraging people to buy private health insurance. Yet the number of people without insurance has reached 44 million and continues to grow. Why?


  • Nov 22, 1999

    BradleyCare: Two Steps Forward Six Steps Back

    Congratulations to Bill Bradley. He is the first credible presidential candidate to call for abolishing Medicaid, a program historically plagued by waste, inefficiency, fraud and questionable quality of care.


  • Nov 11, 1999

    Minimum Wage Hike and the Uninsured

    Unless President Clinton vetoes the legislation, Congress is set to increase the minimum wage a dollar an hour, from $5.15 to $6.15, over the next two to three years.