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.

The House Compromise Health Bill: A Missed Opportunity

Unlike the Clinton plan and the versions of that plan sponsored by the House Democratic leadership, the House compromise bill promised to solve problems by empowering individuals and leaving markets f…

What's at Stake for the Elderly in Health Care Reform

The American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) has endorsed the two latest versions of the Clinton health care plan: bills by Senator George Mitchell (D-ME) and Representative Richard Gephardt (D-…

Cost Shifting Under the Mitchell Bill

One reason why there is so much uncertainty about the real cost of health reform proposals before Congress is that in most bills the costs are hidden.

Is Hawaii a Model for Health Care Reform?

Senator Kennedy and others argue that Hawaii's more centralized control of the health care system has led to a better distribution of physicians and more effective utilization of resources, hospital b…

Senator Mitchell's War On the Middle Class

The high taxes the Mitchell bill would impose - both directly and indirectly (through cost shifting) - would lower investment, worker productivity and employee wages.

Is Universal Coverage in Everyone's Selft-Interest?

The Clinton plan and its Gephardt and Mitchell reincarnations attempt to solve a minor problem (eliminating uncompensated care for the uninsured) by making a major problem (uncompensated care under go…

Do Higher Cigarette Taxes Make Sense?

Higher cigarette taxes do help fund health care reform, but they will take most of the money from the families that can least afford it.

The Crime Bill That Deserves to Stay Dead

President Clinton has blamed the defeat of the crime bill on obstructionist Republicans and the National Rifle Association, and the Democratic leadership in the House of Representatives is threatening…