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.

A "Long-Term" Solution to a Medicaid Problem

The spending explosion in long-term care is in large part a direct result of perverse federal income tax incentives that subsidize insurance for current medical expenses but penalize insurance for lon…

Answers for Seniors About Medicare Reform

This Brief Analysis looks at the problems facing Medicare and answers some of the questions seniors have about the program.

Is Preventive Medical Care Cost-Effective?

Studies show that in many cases preventive medical care not only does not save money, it also may do little to prolong life.

How Not To Be Poor

There is a strong correlation between poverty and certian behaviors. Thus one solution to the problem of poverty is to encourage young Americans to avoid behavior that will tend to lead them into pove…

Why the Democrats' Medicare Plan Won't Work

Congressional Democrats have proposed an alternative to the Republican plan to solve the Medicare financing crisis.

How Poor Are The Poor?

Although the poverty rate receives the most attention, another recent Census Bureau report adds an important perspective on the state of the poor in America today.

Poor Gain (Proportionately) the Most From Capital Gains Tax Cut

As Congress considers whether to reduce the tax on capital gains, much of the debate has focused on who would benefit from such a reduction. Opponents claim that those with high incomes would gain dis…

Medical Savings Accounts for Medicare: The Adverse Selection Issue

The Republican Medicare reform plan allows the elderly to choose a catastrophic health insurance policy coupled with a Medical Savings Account (MSA) rather than remain in traditional Medicare.