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 21, 1999
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
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
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.
Sep 28, 1999
The Democratic Party used to have a legitimate claim to represent the interests of the poor. No longer.
Sep 14, 1999
Congratulations to Al Gore. His new health care reform plan proposes a major step toward eliminating severe inequities in the tax law and giving needed relief to the millions of people who must buy their own health insurance or go without.
Aug 13, 1999
Medicare is facing a future financial collapse. By the time today's college students reach retirement age, workers will have to pay Medicare taxes equal to one out of every seven dollars earned, just to pay for benefits currently promised.
Jul 12, 1999
This week the Senate begins debate on the Democrat's Patient's Bill of Rights proposal, which seeks to substitute the opinions of Congress for the outcomes of the market and give trial lawyers a new feeding trough. Odds are the Senate will end the week by passing the Republican version, which is almost as bad.
Jul 08, 1999
Under a pilot program passed by Congress three years ago, tax free Medical Savings Accounts are available in the United States to the self-employed and firms with 50 or fewer employees. The act explicitly excludes large companies that have been on the cutting edge of change in health plan design.
Jul 07, 1999
Should parents be able to choose the school their children attend? While politicians from Florida to Arizona debate this issue, opponents of choice continually ignore the fact that America already has a de facto system of school choice; one that works well if you're not poor.
May 17, 1999
The new Social Security reform proposal put forward by Congressmen Bill Archer and Clay Shaw has a worthy aim: to secure future retirement benefits for today's young people without increasing taxes on workers or reducing benefits to retirees.