Testimonies and Speeches

The NCPA has a highly effective office in Washington, D.C. that sponsors Capitol Hill briefings, conferences and testimony by NCPA experts before congressional committees. The NCPA serves as a source of "outside the Beltway" thinking for Capitol Hill deliberations.

  • Jun 25, 2004

    Taxes, the Deficit and the Size of Government

    Good afternoon. I am John Berthoud, President of the National Taxpayers' Union. I'm very pleased that you could all join us today. This is the second in a series of four sessions being hosted by NTU and Heritage and Citizens Against Government Waste.


  • May 19, 2004

    Health Savings Accounts

    As of January 1, 2004, 250 million nonelderly Americans now have access in principle to Health Savings Accounts (HSAs), provided they are combined with catastrophic insurance. The idea behind HSAs is quite simple. Individuals should be able to manage some of their own health care dollars through accounts they own and control. They should be able to use these funds to pay expenses not paid by third-party insurance, including the cost of out-of-network doctors and diagnostic tests. They should be able to profit from being wise consumers of medical care by having account balances grow tax free and eventually be available for nonmedical purchases.


  • May 01, 2004

    Testimony - Wind Power: Not Green but Red

    Energy is and will remain an important factor in the U.S.'s economic growth. While for much the 20th Century, America has enjoyed excess energy capacity in the transportation and utility sectors, this is no longer the case.


  • Apr 28, 2004

    H.B. 245 and Specifically Why Efforts to Further Regulate Private Firearm Transactions at Gun Shows are Misguided as a Policy for Crime Reduction

    Chairman Martini, Vice-Chairman Alex Heaton and honorable members of the committee, thank you for the opportunity to testify concerning the merits of H.B. 245 today.


  • Mar 24, 2004

    Testimony before the House Select Committee on State Health Care Expenditures, Subcommittee: Interim Charge 5 (ERS-TRS)

    Madam Chairman and Members of the Subcommittee, thank you for the opportunity to share my thoughts with you about ways to slow the rising cost of health care and increase choice among enrollees.