Health

Who's Afraid of Patient Choice?

Should patients, in consultation with their physicians, be allowed to make their own health care decisions? Or must bureaucrats protect patients from themselves and their doctors? These questions are…

Best and Worst Ideas for Insuring Children

The budget agreement passed by Congress and signed by President Clinton includes a provision giving the states $24 billion over five years to extend health insurance to more low-income uninsured child…

Sick Argument: Global Warming and the Spread of Tropical Diseases

Over the past year the media have reported that one possible effect of global warming will be the expansion of tropical, communicable diseases borne by rodents or parasites into the United States. For…

The Cost of Health Insurance Mandates

For more than 30 years, state legislatures have passed laws driving the cost of health insurance higher. Known as mandated health insurance benefit laws, they force insurers, employers and managed car…

One Last Chance For KidCare

As part of the recent budget agreement, President Clinton and Congressional leaders agreed to spend $16 billion over the next five years on health insurance for children. Now the question facing Congr…

Will a Cigarette Tax Increase Really Help Uninsured Children?

Senators Orrin Hatch and Ted Kennedy have joined forces to establish a new government program to finance children's health insurance. They propose to fund the program by increasing federal cigarette…

What's Next for Medical Savings Accounts?

Last year Congress made tax-free Medical Savings Accounts (MSAs) available to 750,000 American workers and their families. Under a provision of the Kassebaum-Kennedy health insurance reform bill, sm…

Fix Medicare, Not Medigap

Most people follow the conventional wisdom: If it ain't broke, don't fix it.

Washington follows its own wisdom: If it ain't broke, break it.