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.

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…

Are the Uninsured Freeloaders?

It's in our self-interest, says Hillary Rodham Clinton, to force uninsured "freeloaders" and their employers to buy health insurance whether they want to or not. Is that argument correct?

Death by Quota

Is death sentencing really racially discriminatory? Those who claim there is a pattern of discrimination are ignoring a host of studies that show otherwise.

Is Universal Coverage Necessary to Control Health Care Costs?

Does it make sense to give the government control over everyone's health insurance in order to increase the insured population by a couple of percentage points?

Managed Competition is Back

A few months ago, many on Capitol Hill were pronouncing the Clinton plan "dead." It was commonly assumed that mandatory alliances and other features of "managed competition" were also dead. But as we…

Managed Competition: Hazardous to Your Health

Managed competition is the central idea behind the Clinton administration's plan to reform the nation's health care system. It is also the main idea behind the four versions of the Clinton plan reflec…

Health Plans: Bonanza for the Poor, Costly for Middle Class

Four congressional committees have now produced versions of the Clinton administration's health care plan. Three of the bills would force all Americans and their employers to purchase a health insuran…