Federal Medicaid Funding Reform

Medicaid is a joint federal-state health care program, primarily for the poor. At the federal level, Medicaid is an entitlement, implying that each enrollee has a right to benefits, regardless of the state in which he or she resides. However, federal funds are not distributed equally.

Saving Health Insurance from the Minimum Wage

Political support is growing in Congress for another increase in the federal minimum wage. A bill now under consideration would raise the minimum hourly wage from $5.15 to $7.25 over the next two years. According to the Economic Policy Institute, an estimated 6.6 million workers currently earn less than $7.25, and a total of 14.9 million workers would be affected by 2008.

Constructive Thinking about Climate Change, Part I: Energy

If human use of fossil fuels (coal, oil and natural gas) is largely responsible for global warming – and this warming is reasonably likely to cause harms that society would like to avoid or minimize – the technologies that fuel the world's economies must be reassessed. In particular, nuclear power could be the best choice to reduce the climate change risks posed by fossil fuels.

A New Frontier for Health and Human Services

The new Texas integrated eligibility and enrollment system is a good program, based on sound policy, and should continue its course to improve the ways over three million Texans apply for and receive social services. 

Rising Tide

John F. Kennedy believed that "an economy hampered by restrictive tax rates will never produce enough revenue to balance our budget, just as it will never produce enough jobs or …


HAS our economic system become un fair to women? In "Leaving Women Behind," Kimberly Strassel of The Wall Street Journal, Celeste Colgan of the National Council on the Humanities and …

In the Public Interest: Tapping the Outer Continental Shelf

The United States needs oil and natural gas. Oil is fuel and a feedstock for plastics, pharmaceuticals, fertilizers and lubricants. Natural gas is used for cooking, heating homes and water, and is also critical to chemical manufacturing. The best estimates indicate that by 2025 U.S. oil consumption will grow by one-third – even with the rise of renewable biofuels – and electricity demand will increase by more than 45 percent, with natural gas fueling much of the new electric power generation.