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 10, 1999

    Texas Already Has School Choice

    Should parents be able to choose the school their children attend? While legislators in Austin are debating this hot topic, many are pretending not to know that Texas already has a de facto system of school choice, and it works reasonably well so long as you're not poor.


  • May 10, 1999

    Reforming the U.S. Health Care System

    The number of Americans without health insurance is 43 million and rising. Unwise government policies are mainly to blame.


  • Jan 01, 1998

    Rethinking Robin Hood

    As voters go to the polls on August 9 to vote on a property tax reduction, it will be a good time to reflect on how we pay for the public schools and why we do it that way.


  • Jan 01, 1998

    The Wrong Medicine at the Wrong Time

    With Medicare teetering on the edge of bankruptcy, President Clinton is proposing to add more beneficiaries and more costs. Under the president's new proposal, all Americans ages 62 to 64 (the Medicare eligibility age is 65) would be able to join Medicare in exchange for a monthly premium of $300.


  • Jan 01, 1998

    Patients Need Power, Not A Bill of Rights

    The reality of modern medicine is the traditional doctor-patient relationship has been all but destroyed. Whereas doctors once functioned as agents of their patients, today they are more likely to function as agents of third-party payer bureaucracies.


  • Jan 01, 1998

    Where Have All The Liberals Gone?

    Outside New York City and Hollywood, it's hard to find a liberal these days. In fact, it's hard to find anyone who will admit to ever having been a liberal.


  • Jan 01, 1998

    Medicare Time Bomb

    While the private sector seems to have gotten health care costs under control, the same is not true of Medicare - the federal program that pays medical bills for the elderly.


  • Dec 08, 1997

    The GOP's Health Care Folly

    A bill before Congress would allow the federal government to regulate the health care plan of every American citizen who has private insurance. It would raise costs, and therefore premiums, and cause millions to be uninsured. And although the bill's purpose is to raise the quality of care patients receive, in all likelihood the quality would go down, not up.


  • Mar 10, 1997

    Response to Michael Kinsley's Article Concerning Capital Gains Tax

    This dialogue grows out of Michael Kinsley's article "Eight Reasons Not to Cut the Capital-Gains Tax," which appeared in SLATE.


  • Jan 01, 1997

    Keep Government Out

    Only a few years ago, the Clinton Administration was touting the joys of managed care. That sentiment was echoed by big business, big insurance and on Capitol Hill by politicians on both sides of the aisle. Had the Clinton health plan become law, we all would be enrolled in HMOs by now.