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.

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.

A Health Policy Agenda for the 105th Congress

Three major health care crises are developing: a funding crisis, an insurance crisis and a quality crisis. All three require fundamental changes in federal policy. And all three will become more sever…

How Not to Save Medicare

Some of the proposed changes to Medicare would be of little help. Others would cause more problems than they would solve. Either way, Congress and the president seem willing to approve minor changes t…

An Agenda For Economic Freedom

Giving people more economic freedom has been implicit in many Republican and Democratic proposals, yet neither party has turned it into an agenda for the 105th Congress. Both should.