Health

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.

Making Medical Savings Accounts Better

In 1996 Congress created a demonstration project permitting small employers and the self-employed to establish tax-free Medical Savings Accounts (MSAs). However, congressional lawmakers imposed strict…

Reforming the U.S. Health Care System

Unwise government policies are largely responsible for the fact that the number of Americans without health insurance is 43 million and rising.  Unwise government policies also are responsible for the…

A Prescription for Medicare Disaster

Suppose you're just turning 65 and you want to make sure that you have prescription drug coverage in addition to Medicare. You have four possibilities...