Medicaid Empire: Why New York Spends so much on Health Care for the Poor and Near Poor and How the System Can Be Reformed

Policy Reports | Health

No. 284
Monday, March 20, 2006
by John C. Goodman, Michael Bond, Devon M. Herrick, Joe Barnett, and Pamela Villarreal

About the Authors

John C. Goodman is the founder and president of the National Center for Policy Analysis. The National Journal recently dubbed him the "Father of Health Savings Accounts," and he has pioneered research in consumer-driven health care.

Dr. Goodman is the author/coauthor of eight books and more than 50 published studies on health care policy and other topics. He received a Doctor of Philosophy degree in economics from Columbia University. He has taught and done research at several colleges and universities including Columbia University, Stanford University, Dartmouth University, Southern Methodist University and the University of Dallas.

Michael Bond is Director of the Center for Health Care Policy at the Buckeye Institute and a professor in the Department of Finance at Cleveland State University. His work on Medical Savings Accounts (MSAs) and health-care policy reform has received national attention and appeared in a wide range of professional and popular publications, including Health Care Financial Management, Public Personnel Management, Compensation and Benefits Review, Benefits Quarterly and Business Horizons. He is the author of the nation's first practical guide to establishing MSAs (published by the Buckeye Institute in 1997). He earned his Doctor of Philosophy degree and Master of Arts degree in economics from Case Western Reserve University.

Devon Herrick is a senior fellow with the National Center for Policy Analysis. He concentrates on such health care issues as Internet-based medicine, health insurance and the uninsured, and pharmaceutical drug issues. His research interests also include managed care, patient empowerment, medical privacy and technology-related issues.

Herrick received a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Political Economy and a Master of Public Affairs degree from the University of Texas at Dallas with a concentration in economic development. He also holds an Master of Business Administration degree with a concentration in finance from Oklahoma City University and an Master of Business Administration degree from Amber University, as well as a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from the University of Central Oklahoma.

Joe Barnett is Director of Publications at the National Center for Policy Analysis, where he is responsible for the institute's publishing program, working with academic authors, independent experts and the NCPA policy staff in the writing, editing and printing of NCPA books, studies and periodicals. Barnett also edits Daily Policy Digest, the NCPA's e-mail and Web-based newsletter summarizing public policy research news for opinion leaders. As an NCPA analyst and editor, he has conducted research, and written and edited studies covering economic, education, welfare, tax and regulatory policies.

Prior to joining the NCPA in 1995, Barnett held various positions with Ernst & Young and McGraw-Hill. He also served three years in Washington, D.C., as a legislative assistant to U.S. Representative Ron Paul (R-Texas). He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of Texas at Arlington.

Pamela Villarreal is a graduate student fellow at the National Center for Policy Analysis. She received a Bachelor of Science in Economics degree from the University of Texas at Dallas in 2003, and will receive a Master of Science in Applied Economics degree in the spring of 2006. Pamela has authored or coauthored a number of NCPA publications on such diverse topics as the estate tax, big-box retailers and aid for Hurricane Katrina evacuees.

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