Health

Texas Health Care Reform: The Best and Worst Ideas

This study examines the most serious health policy problems facing Texas and analyzes the best and worst proposals for state health care reform.

Personal Medical Savings Accounts (Medical IRAs) - An Idea Whose Time Has Come

Last year, about 150 members of Congress cosponsored at least one of 12 different bills designed to create personal Medical Savings Accounts (MSAs).  Also called Medisave Accounts and Medical IRAs, Me…

How Our Health Care System Works

A new model of the medical marketplace shows that U.S. health care costs are rising because Americans are overinsured and that government policies are the primary reason. The most important change in…

State Health Care Reform Under The Clinton Administration

As state governments take on the difficult task of health care reform, legislators must accept the fact that federal policy -- particularly tax policy -- has shaped and molded our health care system. …

A Layperson's Guide to Health Insurance Reform

Serious problems exist in the market for private health insurance.  At both the state and federal levels, a number of proposals perporting to solve these problems would in fact make them worse.  Some…

How the Federal Government Is Causing Our Nation's Health Care Crisis

A common assumption behind most health care reform proposals is that the private sector is causing our national health care crisis.  In fundamental ways, the federal government rather than the private…

The Best and Worst Ideas for Health Care Reform

As politicians confront the difficult task of health care reform, they face a dizzying array of reform plans.  In fact, there are so many plans that most analysts have ceased trying to keep track of t…

Should Healthy People Pay More For Health Insurance?

As part of his new health care plan, President Bush announced his goal for health insurance reform: sick people should be able to obtain health insurance for the same price as healthy people.  If you…