Health

Medicare: Past, Present and Future

Although Social Security reform has received considerable attention in recent years, Medicare is the far-bigger problem.  Medicare is growing at a faster rate and has an unfunded liability six times t…

Texas Health Care Reform

Policymakers are debating changes to the state's Medicaid program - the joint federal-state health care program for the poor - and discussing ways to provide coverage to the state's large uninsured po…

Is Health Spending Out of Control?

Since 1975, total spending on health care in the United States has doubled, and it now comprises one-sixth of the U.S. economy, or about $2.2 trillion.  By 2016, some projections show total health spe…

Insuring the Uninsured: Five Steps to Improve the Massachusetts Plan

Massachusetts enacted an ambitious plan for near-universal health insurance coverage in 2006, the product of a compromise between then-Gov. Mitt Romney and the state Legislature. The cornerstone of th…

The Market for Medical Care: Why You Don’t Know the Price; Why You Don’t Know about Quality; And What Can Be Done about It.

In most markets, prices and quality indicators are transparent - clear and readily available to consumers.   Health care is different:  Prices are difficult to obtain and often meaningless when they a…

The Rising Burden of Health Spending on Seniors

The United States spends about 17 percent of its national income on health care, the highest in the world.  Some have wondered how high spending can go and what difference it will make.  In thinking a…

Answering the Critics of the Bush Health Plan

President Bush made bold health policy proposals in his State of the Union message. 

The Bush Health Plan

President Bush made two bold health policy proposals in his State of the Union message.