New Environmental Blog

The Liberty, Ecology and Prosperity blog is about appreciating and protecting the environment, using the tools of economics.  More »

John C. Goodman

The Wall Street Journal calls Dr. Goodman “the father of Health Savings Accounts.” Modern Healthcare says he is one of four people who have most influenced the changes shaping our health care system.

John Goodman is the founder of the Goodman Institute for Public Policy Research.  More »

Our Priorities

We helped create tax reform and now we need to defend it. More »

How Our Virtual Think Tank Works

Leveraging People, Money, and Ideas. More »

Think Tanks Unite Behind a Health Plan — Finally!

The plan was prepared for the Trump administration by John C. Goodman (father of Health Savings Accounts) and Marie Fishpaw (Heritage Foundation) and published by National Review Online.  It features such patient friendly ideas as portable health insurance and doctor consultations by means of phone, email and Skype. More »

A Win for the Goodman Institute: Personal and Portable Health Insurance Is Coming!

In an ideal world, most people would own their own health insurance and take it with them as they travel from job to job and in and out of the labor market. Most employers would prefer to make a cash contribution to help employees pay their own premiums in lieu of providing insurance directly. The Trump administration is making that happen. More »

What We Have Accomplished

Health Savings Accounts: more than 30 million people are managing some of their own health care dollars in accounts they own and control.

Roth IRAs19.2 million people own $660 billion of retirement money that will never be taxed again. 

Social Security: 78 million baby boomers are able to work beyond the retirement age without losing retirement benefits.

401(k) Plans: because of automatic enrollment in diversified portfolios, 16 million employees are enjoying higher and safer returns.  More »


Our Role in Tax Reform

Goodman Institute scholars Laurence Kotlikoff and Alan Auerbach were the intellectual source of the Ryan/Brady (“Better Way”) tax reform proposal. They are also the leading intellectual defenders of tax reform, drawing on the most sophisticated and accurate economic models that exist. Goodman Institute studies by these two economists have been used by the White House, Paul Ryan, the House Ways and Means Committee, the President’s Council of Economic Advisors, the editorial board of the Wall Street Journal and many others in support of tax reform. Our scholars constitute the most credible source for the view that tax reform pays for itself, does not increase the deficit and is not a give-away to the rich.  More »

Our Role in Health Reform

The Goodman Institute was the major player among the think tanks in shaping the Republican approach to health reform. GIPPR president John Goodman worked closely with House Rules Committee Chairman Pete Sessions and Sen. Bill Cassidy on a conservative alternative to Obamacare. These ideas were included in several Republican bills, most notably in the Graham/Cassidy/Heller/Johnson proposal – which failed in the Senate by only a few votes. Senator Cassidy was the behind-the-scenes force making this proposal possible. After tax reform, we will again be working with Sen. Cassidy on another attempt.  More »