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.

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.

Are Medical Savings Accounts Good for the Sick?

Critics assert that Medical Savings Accounts are good for the healthy and bad for the sick. The facts tell a different story. People with high medical expenses are almost always better off if they can…

Answers for Seniors About Medical Savings Accounts

The U.S. Congress is on the verge of enacting the most sweeping reform legislation in the 30-year history of Medicare. Under the legislation, Medicare recipients would have new options, including the…

Censorship by the FDA

In the last few years, the FDA's Division of Drug Marketing, Advertising and Communications has limited the drug companies' freedom to send out reprints.

A New Day for Welfare

Congress is on the verge of passing a major reform that ends the entitlement status of Aid to Familes with Dependent Children, a status it has held since 1935. Instead, each state will receive a speci…