Health

On Reforming Medicare

This Backgrounder discusses the proposal for Medicare reform that was developed by a bipartisan and bicameral group of members on the Medicare Commission.

Defined Contributions as an Option in Medicare

We have analyzed a distinct new health care delivery and financing system for the Medicare aged population (excluding institutional and Medicaid individuals). The new alternative, referred to as the M…

Patient Dissatisfaction

If the United States were to adopt the Canadian single--payer system of financing health care as some advocate, the change would not solve many of the problems attributed to the present system. Rather…

Patients' Rights: A Double Standard

As everyone "knows," the Patients' Bill of Rights that recently passed the House of Representatives would allow members of Health Maintenance Organizations to sue their plans. What most people probabl…

Bill Bradley's Health Plan: Two Steps Forward, Six Steps Back

Former Sen. Bill Bradley is the first credible presidential candidate to call for abolishing Medicaid and allowing low-income families to buy private insurance instead. He would also end the discrimin…

The Gore Health Proposal: One Step Forward, Three Steps Back

Vice President Al Gore's new health care reform plan proposes a major step toward eliminating severe inequities in the tax law and giving needed relief to the millions of people who must buy their own…

Health Insurance and the Minimum Wage

Political support is growing in Congress for another increase in the federal minimum wage. Bills now under consideration would raise the minimum hourly wage by $1, from $5.15 to $6.15, in two steps ov…

Ten Myths about the Market for Prescription Drugs

Critics complain that prescription drugs have contributed to a massive increase in health care spending in the United States. Some critics contend that drug prices are too high and propose lowering th…