Health

How Generous Are Social Security and Medicare?

Without changes, Social Security and Medicare will grow relative to the earnings and compensation of the workers who fund the programs. Further, the rate at which these entitlement benefits replace pr…

Opportunities for State Medicaid Reform

Medicaid, the joint federal-state health care program for the poor and near poor, is the largest single expenditure by state governments today. At the rate the program is growing, it is on a course to…

Update 2006: Why Are Health Costs Rising?

Prices for medical services have been rising faster than prices of other goods and services for as long as anyone can remember. But not all health care prices are rising.

Will Mandatory Health Insurance Work?

The latest fad among Republicans is enforcing "personal responsibility" by requiring individuals to buy health insurance. It was enshrined in the recent Massachusetts health reform law, proudly signed…

Crisis of the Uninsured: 2006 Update

Despite claims that there is a health insurance crisis in the United States, the proportion of Americans without health coverage has changed little in the past decade. The increase in the number of un…

Federal Medicaid Funding Reform

Medicaid is a joint federal-state health care program, primarily for the poor. At the federal level, Medicaid is an entitlement, implying that each enrollee has a right to benefits, regardless of the…

Saving Health Insurance from the Minimum Wage

Political support is growing in Congress for another increase in the federal minimum wage. A bill now under consideration would raise the minimum hourly wage from $5.15 to $7.25 over the next two year…

Health Care Spending: What the Future Will Look Like

The United States has very meager spending controls. If current trends continue, U.S. government health care spending will consume an ever growing portion of national income — far more so than any oth…