pdf_icon_smWhat You Need to Know about
Medicare for All
Quite a few Democratic candidates for office this year are campaigning on the idea of enrolling everyone in Medicare. It’s not just the left. A significant number of doctors in the American Medical Association are for it. Public opinion polls show that 70 percent of Americans like the idea.


pdf_icon_smPrivate Insurance Down, Spending Up Under Obamacare The percent of the population with private health insurance actually declined during the eight years of the Obama presidency, according to a study by health economist Linda Gorman. Yet subsidies for individual buyers have exceeded $100 billion a year – theoretically enough to insure an additional 20 million adults.

Tax Reform Was No Giveaway to the Rich by Conventional Measures
The reform leaves the distribution of spending between the rich and poor essentially unchanged. It leaves the progressivity in average net tax rates essentially unchanged. And the rich do not receive a larger share of the tax cut than their pre-reform share of taxes.

pdf_icon_smModern Families, Outdated Laws
The single most important economic and sociological change in our society in modern times has been the entry of women into the labor market. Today, three of every four women of  working age are employed — more than double the share a half-century ago.?

pdf_icon_smReforming Welfare
The War on Poverty began in 1965. Half a century later, America has spent more than $26 trillion on that effort, four times what we have spent on all the military wars from the American Revolution to the present. What do we have to show for all that spending?

pdf_icon_smWhy Do Economists Disagree About Tax Reform?
The Tax Cut and Jobs Act of 2017 represents the most significant change in U.S. taxation since 1986. What difference does it make?

pdf_icon_smWho Benefits From Tax Reform?
The Tax Cut and Jobs Act of 2017 (TCJA) represents the most significant change in U.S. taxation policy since 1986.

pdf_icon_smA New Approach to High Deductibles
High deductible health insurance is an irritation for many of us. In fact, health insurance with, say, a $10,000 deductible is almost like not having health insurance at all.

pdf_icon_smThe Better Way Tax Plan
A plan to radically reform the U.S. income tax system has been proposed by House Speaker Paul Ryan and House Ways & Means Chairman Kevin Brady.

pdf_icon_smThe New Resource Economics
Using Private Property, Economic Incentives, and Markets to Solve Environmental Problems.

pdf_icon_smA New and Better Way to Analyze Tax and Spending Policies
This is a unique, first-of-its-kind model developed by Boston University Professor Laurence Kotlikoff and his colleagues.

pdf_icon_smWhy Are Drug Prices So High?
Why are pharmaceutical prices so high while the prices of so many other items we buy are low and even falling?

pdf_icon_smAmendment 69 Could be a Nightmare for Colorado Seniors
Think Colorado would be an ideal state for retirement?

pdf_icon_smSome Older Workers Face Astronomical Tax Rates
People in their 60s who keep on working can face extremely high tax rates – much higher than the rates faced by millionaires…

pdf_icon_smBest Kept Secret in Washington, DC: The Future of Medicare
Here is something I bet you don’t know.

pdf_icon_smWhy Republican Health Reform Would Be a Godsend for the States
After six years of living with ObamaCare, Republicans have finally produced an alternative.

pdf_icon_smThe Greatest Health Plan Ever
The Sessions/Cassidy proposal removes the federal government as a source of some of our most important health policy problems.

pdf_icon_smGOP Bill Promises Real Health Care Reform
The Republican approach to reforming ObamaCare is to give everyone tax credits with which to buy health insurance and let the markets adjust.

pdf_icon_smWe’ve Been Measuring Inequality Wrong – Here’s the Real Story
A look at spending inequality shows America is a lot more equal than we thought.

pdf_icon_smA Universal Health Tax Credit: The Right Way to Subsidize Health Insurance
Replace current subsidies with a simple, fixed dollar subsidy universally available to everyone.

pdf_icon_smThe Universal Health Tax Credit – How Generous Should It Be? What Will It Buy?
The ideal system would be a refundable tax credit for private insurance.

pdf_icon_smLimited Benefit Insurance
Its time to create an insurance plan that meets the needs of the bottom half of the income ladder.

pdf_icon_smPortable Health Insurance: An Idea Whose Time Has Come
The kind of health insurance most employees want is insurance they can take with them from job to job.

pdf_icon_smTurning the Exchanges into Real Markets
Health insurance exchanges should be deregulated and denationalized and turned into genuinely free markets.

pdf_icon_smLet Employers Decide How Health Insurance Should be Subsidized at Work
The ability to convert very wasteful tax system into one with much better incentives can solve a huge social problem and leave just about everyone better off.

pdf_icon_smCan Privatizing Social Security Be A Win/Win for All Generations?
Changing to a financially sound retirement system under which each generation pays its own way.

pdf_icon_smRace to the Bottom: Competition in the Exchanges
Insurers rush to attract the healthy and avoid the sick, then narrow the networks to the point of inefficient delivery