Health

The Impact of ERISA

While it is clear that the ERISA exemption has led to distortions in the current health care system, giving states more control over the self-funded plans would only make matters worse.

Reforming Medicaid

While growth in private-sector health care spending has declined recently, spending on Medicaid, the federal-state health insurance program for the nation's poor, has continued to explode - growing at…

Solutions to the Problem of Health Insurance Portability

One of the biggest problems facing workers in job transition is that health insurance is not "portable." Although the average person will change jobs eight times during his working life, employees are…

Reforming Medicare with Medical Savings Accounts

As currently structured, Medicare pays many small bills which the elderly could easily afford and does not pay the catastrophic expenses that could devastate them financially. Medicare is in need of s…

House Moves to Adopt the Archer-Jacobs Medical Savings Accounts Bill

The House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Bill Archer (R-TX) introduced legislation to provide for Medical Savings Accounts (MSAs). The legislation captures the fundamentals of MSAs, which offer Ame…

Comparing Opportunities To Reduce Health Risks: Toxin Control, Medicine and Injury Prevention

Billions of dollars are being spent to eliminate trivial risks to health and safety based largely on speculative fears that man-made sources of chemicals and radiation are important causes of human ca…

Myths About Our Health Care System: Lessons for Policy Makers

Critics of the American health care system have propagated a number of myths to justify greater government control over our health care system.  This backgrounder identifies 10 of the most common myth…

Solving the Medicare Crisis

Federal budget experts across the political spectrum agree that the Medicare program is having a financial crisis. Without fundamental change, the future looks bleak. Medicare will go bankrupt by 2002…