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 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…

The Crime Bill

Responding to polls that show crime to be the number one concern of Americans, Congress is about to act. What is certain to emerge is a bill providing for spending between $15 billion and $22 billion…

Price Controls and Global Budgets: Lessons from Canada

Canada tries to control health care spending with price caps and global budgets similar to those proposed by President Clinton. How well does the Canadian health care system work? Not bad - as long as…

The Myth of Universal Coverage

In his State of the Union address, President Clinton said he would veto any health care bill that does not create "universal health insurance coverage." If so, the President would have to veto his own…

Will Banning Assault Weapons Reduce Crime?

As part of its anticrime plan, the Clinton administration is endorsing a ban on the importation, manufacture, sale and possession of "assault weapons." Yet if passed, this legislation would do nothing…