Health

Cost Shifting Under the Mitchell Bill

One reason why there is so much uncertainty about the real cost of health reform proposals before Congress is that in most bills the costs are hidden.

Is Hawaii a Model for Health Care Reform?

Senator Kennedy and others argue that Hawaii's more centralized control of the health care system has led to a better distribution of physicians and more effective utilization of resources, hospital b…

Senator Mitchell's War On the Middle Class

The high taxes the Mitchell bill would impose - both directly and indirectly (through cost shifting) - would lower investment, worker productivity and employee wages.

The Clinton/Gephardt Bill

House Majority Leader Richard Gephardt (D-MO) released the health care reform bill of the House Democratic leadership on July 29.  It is a composite based on President Clinton's original proposal and…

Is Universal Coverage in Everyone's Selft-Interest?

The Clinton plan and its Gephardt and Mitchell reincarnations attempt to solve a minor problem (eliminating uncompensated care for the uninsured) by making a major problem (uncompensated care under go…

Evaluating Senator Dole's Health Care Plan

The Dole proposal avoids most of the bad features of the Clinton health care plan and its various derivatives.  A true market-based alternative, it includes many of the reform ideas developed by the N…

Are the Uninsured Freeloaders?

It's in our self-interest, says Hillary Rodham Clinton, to force uninsured "freeloaders" and their employers to buy health insurance whether they want to or not. Is that argument correct?

Is Universal Coverage Necessary to Control Health Care Costs?

Does it make sense to give the government control over everyone's health insurance in order to increase the insured population by a couple of percentage points?