Our Virtual Think Tank

A virtual think tank is a think tank without overhead. Potentially it can have even more impact on public policy than the traditional think tank, because it can use most of its budget for research, marketing and public policy impact. Impact on public policy means real changes in real legislation.

Everything this think tank does is contractual. At the moment, we have no office, no receptionist and no employees. Every person involved handles his or her own overhead costs. Our virtual organization is free to focus on its mission.  More »

John C. Goodman

John Goodman Bio 2015The 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 »

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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, 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 »