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.

  • Jan 01, 1997

    Wrong Rx For Kidcare

    As part of the recent budget agreement, President Clinton and Congressional leaders agreed to spend $16 billion over the next five years on health insurance for children. What's the best way to spend the money?


  • Jun 19, 1996

    Report From Ho Chi Minh City: Capitalists Won the War After All

    Twenty-one years and two months have passed since the last American helicopter left Saigon, leaving behind a war-torn country in the wake of a humiliating U.S. military defeat. For Americans who lived through that era, the casualty statistics are still haunting: more than 58,000 names grace the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in our nation's capital and Vietnamese casualties may have exceeded two million.


  • Jan 01, 1996

    Should Uncle Sam Control Your Health Insurance?

    Most people think the next four years on Capitol Hill will be relatively uneventful, as Republicans reach an accommodation with a lame duck president. I predict that in the area of health care things will not be peaceful, however.


  • Jan 01, 1996

    Taxpayer Choice: A Solution to the Crisis of the Welfare State (Version 2)

    After more than 30 years of the War on Poverty, the federal government has proven one thing: it does a bad job of dispensing welfare. Hardly anybody is happy with the result. Now is an appropriate time for a better alternative: taxpayer choice.


  • Jan 01, 1996

    Taxpayer Choice: A Solution to the Crisis of the Welfare State

    The War on Poverty was launched to create a social safety net. Yet today the private sector provides the real social safety net, helping people whom government programs simply do not reach.


  • Jan 01, 1996

    NIH Endorses Patient Power

    A group of scientists made a pronouncement about mammograms the other day, and it's causing great consternation. After much study and deliberation a panel convened by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) said it could not recommend regular mammograms for women in their 40s. Instead, the panel said, women under 50 should decide for themselves if and when to have a mammogram.


  • Jan 01, 1996

    Medical Savings Accounts Good for the Poor; Good for the Sick

    Medical Savings Accounts (MSAs) are designed to give individuals and their doctors more control over health care spending. Instead of a low-deductible health insurance policy, legislation before Congress would let employees and their employers choose high deductible insurance and put the premium savings in a tax free personal account to pay small medical bills. Employees could keep any money in the MSA at the end of the year, or roll it over to pay future medical expenses.


  • Jan 01, 1996

    Medical Savings Accounts: Only for the Lucky and the Swift

    The fortunate few who get an MSA will be able to make tax-deductible contributions to an account to pay routine medical expenses. The accounts are coupled with high-deductible insurance that pays catastrophic expenses. Premiums are lower for high-deductible policies, so the premium savings can provide some or all of the money for the account.


  • Jan 01, 1996

    Three Lessons for the GOP

    Two years ago, the Democratic Party was imploding. Democrats were losing elections almost everywhere. They even lost mayoral elections in Los Angeles, and New York City and Jersey City - places where there virtually are no Republicans. They had no platform and no agenda.


  • Jan 01, 1996

    Social Security Reform: Other Countries Are Leading the Way

    From the inception of Social Security, politicians encouraged us to think of it as similar to private pensions. Yet as Baby Boomers near retirement, the cruel reality is becoming more and more evident.