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.

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…

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?