Health

SPICE: Not the Right Prescription

About 65 percent of the people on Medicare also have some kind of prescription drug coverage. Some obtain it from a former employer. Some buy private supplemental (Medigap) insurance. Others are cover…

Prescription Drugs for Seniors: The Roth IRA Solution

Almost everyone agrees that the elderly need insurance coverage for prescription drugs. However, a growing number of health policy analysts believe that solving the problem of prescription drugs requi…

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…