The Top Ten Health-Care Bills for 2013

Over at National Review Online I outline ten health care bills that could receive bipartisan support in Congress and would limit the worst aspects of Obamacare. 1. DELAY The Obama administration chose to delay many of the most controversial implementing rules of Obamacare during 2012 to avoid stirring up opposition to the president...

The Incredible Lowering of the Medicare Drug Benefit Baseline

Over at e21 I have a short article on how the restrained growth of Medicare spending owes more to the market-oriented reforms in the Medicare drug benefit program enacted in 2003 than to the supposed cost-restraining features of Obamacare. The talk of the supposed cost-restraining features of Obamacare has also distracted attention away...

The President’s State of the Union Address

Earlier today I participated in a short video produced by the American Enterprise Institute with reactions from scholars and fellows to some of the statements made by the president in his State of the Union Address.  The full video is available here. I also have a brief post up at National Review Online with some of my thoughts...

A Contracting Workforce Means Tepid Economic Growth for Advanced Economies

Over at the Fletcher Forum of World Affairs I have a brief article explaining how the aging of populations will not only place increasing burdens on governments providing entitlement benefits for the elderly, but will also strain economic growth. But what is less discussed, and thus less well understood, is the effect of demographic...

The Urgent Need for Genuine Health and Entitlement Reform

The editors of economics21.org recently invited Charles Blahous, David Malpass, and me to provide some commentary on the state of fiscal and monetary policy as President Obama begins his second term. In my contribution to the collaborative article, I make the case for market-friendly reforms to American health care entitlement...

The Project to Replace Obamacare Begins Now

As 2013 begins, encouraging a discussion about how to replace Obamacare might strike some observers as a case of particularly bad timing. After all, in the year just ended, the Supreme Court upheld most of the provisions of the law and the president won re-election. As a consequence, the best opportunities to remove the law from the...

The Budget Battles Ahead

Over at National Review Online I have a column on how conservatives should approach the debate over entitlements and taxes in the aftermath of the fiscal-cliff resolution. The main criticism, and an accurate one, of the fiscal-cliff agreement is that it secured a tax hike for the president that was not paired with any spending...

Reforming Medicaid in Texas

Every state, including Texas, is struggling with the budgetary pressures associated with rapidly rising Medicaid spending. To its credit, the Texas Public Policy Foundation has been working for years to develop solutions to the growing Medicaid budget crisis. As part of its ongoing efforts to modernize the Medicaid program, the...

Constructing an Alternative to Obamacare

In this month’s American Enterprise Institute Health Care Policy Outlook I have a paper describing a plan for fixing America’s health care system that uses market principles, consumer choice, and fiscal discipline, rather than the government-centered approach of Obamacare. But while more Americans are against Obamacare...

Medicare Reform After the Election

Over at e21 I have a column on the Medicare reforms that Republicans should pursue during the fiscal cliff negotiations, given the unwillingness of the Obama administration to consider any kind of premium support model. But if premium support can’t be secured in this round of negotiation because of Democratic opposition, are there...

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