Reforming the U.S. Health Care System

Unwise government policies are largely responsible for the fact that the number of Americans without health insurance is 43 million and rising.  Unwise government policies also are responsible for the fact that people who have health insurance are turning over an ever-larger share of their health care dollars to managed care bureaucracies that limit patient choices and sometimes give providers perverse incentives to deny care.

Administering Private Social Security Accounts

As an alternative to the current pay-as-you-go Social Security system, many reform plans would allow individuals to invest a portion of their payroll tax dollars in private investment accounts. Critics claim the costs of administering such accounts would be as high as 20 percent. Is this criticism valid?

Hatton W. sumners Distinguished Lecture Series – Klaus

It is a great honor for me to be asked to speak in the NCPA Hatton W. Sumners Distinguished Lecture Series. I have been following the NCPA activities and publications for some time and I am glad to say here that I learned a lot by reading them. The more difficult it is for me now to find something innovative, important and relevant to discuss here.

Fast and Loose with Government Money

Just in time for taxpaying season, an official report says that the government isn't quite sure what it does with all that money it collects because it doesn't keep very good books. Of one thing, however, the report is certain: "the U.S. government's most important financial resource [is] its ability to tax and regulate."

Ending Tax Increases As We Know Them

Never go to the grocery store when you're really hungry; you'll find yourself spending a whole lot more than you planned. Similarly, Congress should never address tax issues when the public coffers are empty, and for the same reason: it will find itself spending a whole lot more than it planned.