'Blue Dog' prescription is bad business

Recently, a 1,018-page health care proposal was introduced in the House of Representatives that would cost nearly $1 billion per page and still wouldn't solve the problem of providing coverage to all Americans. In fact, according to the Congressional Budget Office, under the House bill, the number of Americans without health insurance would increase over the next three years.

10 Steps to Free Our Health Care System

To confront America's health care crisis, we do not need more spending, more regulations or more bureaucracy.  We do need to liberate every American, including every doctor and every patient, to use their intelligence, creativity and innovative abilities to make the changes needed to create access to low-cost, high-quality health care.

Perspectives on the Geographic Variation in Health Care Spending

Health care reform is definitely at the top of the domestic policy agenda. But before we move ahead on significant changes in the health care markets in the United States, it is critical that we flesh out our understanding of one of the leading rationales for reform. The argument goes something like this. Health care spending varies dramatically from region to region without producing commensurate variation in health outcomes. Indeed, higher health care spending per capita is not consistently associated with better health outcomes. The observed disconnect between health care spending and outcomes suggests that through a more efficient use of health resources, spending could be cut substantially.

Can Health Reform Save Money?*

Health care spending per person varies widely across the country, but greater spending does not appear to produce better quality.  A natural inference is that some areas of the country are less efficient in the use of health care resources.

Three Lessons from Massachusetts

The Massachusetts experiment in health care reform offers many lessons that are applicable to the current debate in Congress. The goals of the Massachusetts plan are similar to proposals supported by Democratic congressional leaders and the Obama administration: universal health insurance coverage through greater access to health insurance.

Waxman-Markey Deserves to Die

The fresh news about Washington–the White House and Congress–is that things are not going very well. A new president in full command of public-policy matters is having problems, from health care to taxes to massive federal spending and now to the Waxman-Markey bill, one of the oddest and most far-reaching pieces of legislation advocated by the new administration.

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John Goodman Byline Featured on National Review Cover

Listen to almost any diatribe against the health-care system and you will hear the same refrain: We are getting too little care and paying too much for it. And, more and more, we are hearing that the villains behind this are not oppressive government regulators or meddlesome insurance-company bureaucrats – but doctors.

House Democrat’s Health Care Reform Bill Is a 1,018-Page Nightmare

The Democrats' health care reform bill under consideration in the House of Representatives creates a new government-run health plan that will undercut the private market and force as many as 119 million people to lose their private health insurance and be forced into a Medicare-like plan, according to National Center for Policy Analysis President John C. Goodman.

Oil from Stone: Securing America’s Energy Future

Rising prices and security concerns raise important questions about America's energy options. Currently, the United States imports 66 percent of its oil – about 4.7 billion barrels per year or 9,000 barrels every minute.  However, there are vast amounts of oil shale – a type of rock rich in kerogen, an organic sedimentary material – which can be converted into high-quality liquid fuels.

The Future of Health Care in America: A Roundtable Discussion

The Heartland Institute, National Center for Policy Analysis, The Texas Public Policy Foundation, and Patients First, a project of Americans for Prosperity, invite you to an exclusive roundtable discussion The Future of Health Care in America in Dallas, Texas on Wednesday, July 8, 2009. 

Not-So-Sweet Excise Taxes

The proposal by Congress and the Obama Administration to impose excise taxes on soft drinks and increase them on alcohol to fund health care reform and energy technology development won't accomplish their goal of changing unhealthy behavior or increasing revenue, according to a new report by the National Center for Policy Analysis. Instead, according to the NCPA report, it will inflict a burden on the poor.  

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Editor's Note: Readers are no doubt familiar with John C. Goodman, president and CEO of the National Center for Policy Analysis (NCPA). Often referred to as the "Father of Health Savings Accounts," Goodman also maintains a health policy blog where pro-free enterprise, private sector solutions to health care problems are routinely examined and debated by top health policy.

Not-So-Sweet Excise Taxes

Some members of Congress want to raise excise taxes to pay for health care reform and energy technology development.  Federal excises on tobacco and alcohol are often called sin taxes; others designed to pay for specific government services, such as gas taxes that fund road building and maintenance, are often called user fees.