Policy Backgrounders

Policy Backgrounders are designed as briefing papers on public policy issues for people with limited time and a need to know about public policy issues.

Evaluating Senator Dole's Health Care Plan

The Dole proposal avoids most of the bad features of the Clinton health care plan and its various derivatives.  A true market-based alternative, it includes many of the reform ideas developed by the N…

The Health Policy Debate: Options for Reform

Both the Congress and the American people seem to have already rejected President Clinton's health reform blueprint. A large bloc of voters, perhaps a majority, is vehemently opposed to the plan. Many…

The Case For NAFTA

The North American Free Trade Area (NAFTA) agreement would phase out all tariffs and most nontariff barriers between the United States, Mexico and Canada. The most surprising thing about NAFTA is that…

What President Clinton Can Learn from Canada About Price Controls and Global Budgets

As part of his health care plan, President Clinton has proposed price controls on health insurance premiums and "global budgets" that try to limit how much people can spend on health care each year. …

Personal Medical Savings Accounts (Medical IRAs) - An Idea Whose Time Has Come

Last year, about 150 members of Congress cosponsored at least one of 12 different bills designed to create personal Medical Savings Accounts (MSAs).  Also called Medisave Accounts and Medical IRAs, Me…

Should 85 Percent of Social Security Benefits Be Taxed?

President Clinton proposes to increase the tax on Social Security benefits. Although the administration calls this an "entitlement spending reduction," what it proposes is a tax that will fall primari…

Federal Budget Issue: Do We Need an Energy Tax?

Bill Clinton's economic program calls for some $295 billion in taxes over the next five years. To put this tax hike in perspective: the adminis-tration's tax proposal is about twice the size of Presid…

President Clinton's Economic Plan

The National Center for Policy Analysis (NCPA) has completed a fonnal forecast of the effects of President Clinton's economic plan. The forecast assumes adoption of the plan in full, including all tax…