Brief Analyses

Restricted to two letter-size pages, a Brief Analysis summarizes some aspect or aspects of a public policy issue, presenting points for consideration in policy debates or responding to points that have been raised during these debates.

Will a Cigarette Tax Increase Really Help Uninsured Children?

Senators Orrin Hatch and Ted Kennedy have joined forces to establish a new government program to finance children's health insurance. They propose to fund the program by increasing federal cigarette…

Myths of Global Warming

Rather than legislating in haste and ignorance and repenting at leisure, our government should maintain rational policies, based on science and adaptable to future discoveries.

The Federal Government and Juvenile Crime

There is a bipartisan consensus in Washington that youth crime, particularly violent youth crime, is a real problem that threatens to grow over the next decade. This consensus makes it highly likely t…

Languishing in Foster Care

More than half a million American children are in government-run foster care today. The federal government dictates -- and funds -- much of foster care policy, but states carry it out. Originally inte…

What's Next for Medical Savings Accounts?

Last year Congress made tax-free Medical Savings Accounts (MSAs) available to 750,000 American workers and their families. Under a provision of the Kassebaum-Kennedy health insurance reform bill, sm…

Fix Medicare, Not Medigap

Most people follow the conventional wisdom: If it ain't broke, don't fix it.

Washington follows its own wisdom: If it ain't broke, break it.

Questions and Answers About Uninsured Children

America has nearly 10 million children without health insurance, and many in the policy community propose a broad new entitlement program to insure them. But few have asked the important questions we…

An Easy Way to Make Health Insurance More Expensive

Congress can easily make health insurance either less expensive - or more expensive.

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