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.

Medicare and Managed Care

Employers around the country are now combining Medical Savings Accounts and managed care. Medical Savings Accounts are inconsistent with the traditional philosophy of HMOs. But efforts to make medicin…

Principles for Welfare Reform: Block Grants

The goals of these block grants are laudable: transferring power back to the people and allowing local communities to find workable solutions to a welfare system that is a dismal failure. Yet serious…

Medical Savings Accounts For Medicare

Is there a way to simultaneously cut the spending and solve the problems of the Medicare program? Many health policy analysts believe the answer is Medical Savings Accounts.

Welfare Reform: School Lunches

Opponents of moving responsibility for school lunches to the states believe in centralized, big-government solutions.  But they are going against the trend to devolve power to states, localities and t…

Tax Cuts and the Rich

From the harshness of tax policy debates in recent years, one might suppose that the tax burden had been shifted from the rich to the poor. In fact, major tax cuts in the 1980s did just the opposite.…

Can Managed Care Solve the Medicaid Crisis?

Congress can't balance the budget unless spiraling Medicaid costs are reined in, and an increasing number of people are convinced that the problems can't be solved in Washington. But can state governm…

Are the Republican Tax Cuts Fair?

Six proposed tax cuts in the Contract With America are designed specifically to increase economic growth.  Republicans claim that these tax reductions will lead to more jobs, higher wages and a higher…

The Role of Pharmaceuticals in Health Care Reform

In the U.S., we spend too much on hospital care and too little on drugs. Billions of dollars are wasted every year because patients and their doctors choose expensive, hospital-based therapies instead…