Health

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…

Simple Solutions for Elderly Prescription Drugs

President Clinton has proposed a new prescription drug entitlement for people on Medicare, the program covering 39 million seniors and the disabled. However, the plan has significant problems.

Do We Need Mental Health Parity?

In 1996 Congress passed "mental health parity" legislation that required employers who had more than 50 employees and who included mental health coverage in their health insurance benefits to offer th…

Tough Questions for President Clinton's Prescription Drug Benefit

President Clinton has outlined a new prescription drug entitlement for people on Medicare, the federal health insurance program covering 39 million seniors and the disabled.