Health

Shopping for Drugs

As Congress debates ways to lower the cost of prescription drugs for seniors, and state governments debate ways to lower drug costs for almost everyone else, it may be time to consider a commonsense s…

Association Health Plans

The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) reported this month that while the number of chronically uninsured Americans is lower than commonly believed (between 21 million and 31 million, rather than 41 mi…

Gephardt’s Health Plan: Four Flaws

Rep. Richard Gephardt (D-Mo.) recently unveiled the centerpiece of his presidential campaign: a plan to encourage near-universal health coverage. The plan calls for replacing the existing system of fe…

Reforming Medicare

Medicare is in need of reform. In a few years, as medical costs escalate and baby boomers retire, Medicare and Social Security will place significant burdens on the federal budget.

Flexible Spending Accounts: The Case for Reform
Congress can help control health care costs, reduce the number of uninsured and promote quality medical care by making an existing health benefit - Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs) - more flexible, p…
Health Reimbursement Arrangements: Making a Good Deal Better
The proportion of health care paid directly by consumers has been falling for decades. In 1960, individuals paid directly for 50 percent of their health care. Today they pay for only 15 percent. The o…
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. Although health care inflatio…
Insuring the Uninsured through Association Health Plans

Part of the solution to insuring the uninsured is the creation of Association Health Plans.  These are plans created for individuals and groups who belong to associations that are related to jobs, car…