Medicare Reform and Prescription Drugs: Ten Principles

In an election-year rush to satisfy impatient voters, politicians of both parties are endorsing ill-considered schemes to add a prescription drug benefit to Medicare. While the problems with the progr…

Association Health Plans - Part Two: Answering the Critics
A cornerstone of President Bush's approach to health care reform is the introduction of Association Health Plans (AHPs). These plans would enable business and professional associations to offer health…
Association Health Plans - Part One: Lowering Small Group Costs
A cornerstone of President Bush's approach to health care reform is the creation of Association Health Plans (AHPs). Intended to control costs and improve access to coverage for small employers and in…
The Case against Mental Health Parity, Part II: Predictable Harms
Advocates of mental health parity propose legislation that would require all private health insurance to establish the same deductibles and co-payments for physical and mental health care services.
Medical Savings Accounts and Prescription Drugs: Evidence from South Africa

Unlike the United States experience, MSAs in South Africa developed in a relatively free health insurance marketplace. As a result, employers and insurers have been able to experiment and innovate to…

Explaining the Growth of Medicare: Part I
Utilization of medical care has risen dramatically since Medicare began in 1965. That year, health expenditures accounted for 5.7 percent of the nation's output.
Health Insurance: How Much Does It Matter?
Two recent reports associate lack of health insurance coverage with less access to health care services and worse health outcomes. One study is written by Jack Hadley of the Urban Institute and publis…
The Bush Health Agenda - Part I: Strengthening Employer-Provided Health Insurance

Almost 40 million Americans go without health insurance coverage for an entire year, and as many as 20 million others are without health insurance coverage during some part of the year.