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.

Two Cheers for Senator Dole

Senator Bob Dole (R-KS) has just proposed a health care reform plan. The Dole plan builds on key reform ideas developed by the National Center for Policy Analysis. However, some benefits of the reform…

Risk Pools: A Better Solution

One problem with our health care system is that many sick people who lose their health insurance find it impossible to purchase new coverage. Insurers may classify them as uninsurable, offer them a po…

Patient power vs. Bureaucracy Power

Relatively simple reforms would go a long way toward solving our most pressing health care problems without creating new ones. Unfortunately, the underlying debate is not about how to solve our health…

Why Employer Mandates Hurt Workers

Are employer mandates the best way to pay for health care reform? Virtually all studies of mandates conclude that they kill jobs. Even the Clinton administration agrees.

The Phony War on Crime

The new crime bill is now in the hands of a congressional conference committee, which is resolving differences in the House and Senate versions. Despite some beneficial provisions, many are convince…

Universal Coverage Without Mandates

A common assumption in the current health care debate is that universal health insurance coverage requires an employer or individual mandate. Either directly or indirectly, these mandates would requir…

Federal Employee Health Plan: Model for Reform?

In his 1994 State of the Union message, President Clinton said the goal of his health care reform proposal is "to give every ... American the same health care security they have already given to ... f…

Medical Savings Accounts The Private Sector Already Has Them

All across the country, private employers are discovering a new way of controlling health care costs. It works so well that at some companies health care costs are actually going down. The secret: giv…