Do We Need a Consumer Bill of Rights?

There seems to be a growing sentiment among members of Congress and state legislators that consumers need to be protected from the practices of health insurance companies and managed care plans. In response to their concerns, President Clinton appointed an advisory committee that proposed a "Consumer Bill of Rights" last fall.

A Real Patient Bill of Rights

While the President's health care commission has released a Consumers' Bill of Rights that could lead to massive regulation and government control over health insurance, a group of panelists today said the solution is more choice, not more regulation.

Does America Need a Patient Bill of Rights?

The National Center for Policy Analysis (NCPA) will hold a March 24th Congressional Briefing to examine proposed Patient Bill of Rights regulations and suggest alternatives which would empower patients to directly control the quality of health care.

Standing in the Way of Educational Choice

Let's talk bluntly, shall we? Education in our nation's capitol is a disgrace. Washington, D.C., has about 80,000 elementary and secondary students, but only a little more than half of them will graduate. Tests show that District students are increasingly falling behind other children around the country.

Hostages to the Education Establishment

The United States is the only country where the longer students stay in school, the worse they do in math and science in comparison with students in other countries. In the fourth grade, American students do well. By the eighth grade their performance is flagging. And by their last year of high school they outperform only students in Cyprus and South Africa, according to the recently released results of the Third International Mathematics and Science Study.

Choice and Accountability: Texas Leads the Way

Texas has adopted one of the most liberal charter school laws in the country. It also has established one of the first statewide school accountability systems, a model for the nation. Rigorous testing standards that apply to both regular and charter schools give parents the information they need to evaluate their children's schools and compare them with other schools.


Now that President Clinton has ratcheted up the Social Security debate with his proposal to dedicate budget surpluses to shore up a weakening system, the hard choices will soon be upon us.

Regulating the Regulators: The 1997 Regulatory Improvement Act

In 1997 the federal government, which had demanded that manufacturers equip new cars and vans with passenger-side air bags, did an about-face. Until 1997, government regulators had claimed air bags would save thousands of lives. They failed to disclose evidence that passenger air bags posed a threat to infants, children and small adults. As mandated, air bags were installed and children died as a result. In response to a public outcry, the government announced that with a waiver from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), vehicle owners can disconnect their air bags.