NCPA Expert to Urge Congress: Extend Access to Health Insurance to All With Tax Credits

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Dr. John C. Goodman, Ph.D, president of the Dallas-based National Center for Policy Analysis, will deliver a "tax equity " message to the House Ways & Means Committee. Dr. Goodman's testimony will explain how the tax system could be restructured to encourage all Americans to purchase private health insurance.

The NCPA-proposed system of refundable tax credits, ranging from perhaps $800 per individual to $2,400 per family of four, would help to alleviate the growing number of uninsured. To finance health care for those who elect to remain uninsured, unclaimed tax credits would be turned over to state and local governments to operate a safety net for the uninsured.

"Spending on health care for the uninsured already amounts to more than $1,000 for every uninsured person," according to Dr. Goodman. "The proposal would not increase government spending. It would create a more rational allocation of existing spending."

WHO: Dr. John Goodman, Ph.D.

WHAT: House Ways & Means Committee Hearing: Reducing the Tax Burden: Enhancing Retirement & Health Security

WHEN: Wednesday, June 16th, 10:00 am

WHERE: 1100 Longworth House Office Building

Author of seven books, including Patient Power: Solving America's Health Care Crisis, Dr. Goodman has appeared on ABC World News Tonight with Peter Jennings, NBC Nightly News, Newshour with Jim Lehrer, and Firing Line, among others. His numerous articles on public policy have been published in The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Investors Business Daily and The Dallas Morning News, etc.