Making Ideas
Change the World

Creating jobs, liberating taxpayers,

empowering patients, and more…

What We Have Accomplished

Turning Ideas
into Public Policy

Health Savings Accounts

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

401(k) Plans

Because of automatic enrollment in diversified portfolios, 16 million employees are enjoying higher and safer returns.

Social Security

Because of another idea, 78 million baby boomers are able to work beyond age 65 without losing Social Security benefits.

Roth IRAs

Because of the idea of Roth IRAs, $265 billion in savings has been taxed once and will never be taxed again.


Governor Pete du Pont – R.I.P.

With Gratitude to Governor du Pont, who has worked with John and Jeanette Goodman for many years.

Lockdowns Had Near-Zero Impact on COVID-19 Deaths

A meta-analysis published by the Johns Hopkins Institute for Applied Economics found a variety of restrictions to stop deaths from COVID-19 had little to no effect and instead caused more damage by imposing “enormous economic and social costs.”

First Annual Awards Dinner

On Tuesday, 11 September 2021, The Goodman Institute is proud to host our first annual Awards Dinner at 1225 N. Riverfront Blvd in Texas!

Meet the Experts

Scholars and leading thinkers in Health Care, Economics and Policy.

Welcome to the Goodman Institute

Leveraging People, Money, and Ideas.

Texans Back to Work Task Force

The Texans Back to Work Task Force report will work hand in hand with Governor Greg Abbott’s Strike Force to Open Texas to ensure our state’s economy is once again the job creator for the nation and a powerful force in the global marketplace.

Recent Commentaries

What’s New

Health Reforms for Voters

Health Reforms for Voters

BY JOHN C. GOODMAN AND DEAN CLANCY. Health care consistently ranks near the top of American voters’ list of concerns and is likely to remain there. In fact, in Americans for Prosperity’s latest health care poll, conducted on June 22by...

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Ideas for the Fall Election: Seniors

Ideas for the Fall Election: Seniors

The election this fall was supposed to be a red wave. Now it looks like that may not happen. The Republican problem today is no different than it was 50 years ago. Too many Republicans don’t believe in reforming institutions. They think...

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The IRA Bill: What’s Our Answer?

The IRA Bill: What’s Our Answer?

Price controls could mean 135 fewer new drugs in the next two decades. CORBIS VIA GETTY IMAGES The reconciliation bill Democrats in Congress are about to pass will impose price controls on prescription drugs for Medicare beneficiaries...

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Why California Needs Higher Prices for Water

Why California Needs Higher Prices for Water

California’s extreme drought will force rationing of water or higher prices, say John McKenzie and Richard McKenzie. Raising water prices has a great advantage: “Higher water prices can increase the state’s available water...

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Inequality has been Greatly Exaggerated

Inequality has been Greatly Exaggerated

Peter Coy, the premier economics correspondent of The New York Times, just covered a major study on inequality and fiscal progressivity that Larry Kotlikoff co-authored with Alan Auerbach, an economist at UC Berkeley, and...

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Here’s What’s Wrong With BBB Lite

Here’s What’s Wrong With BBB Lite

The congressional leadership has given up on a $3.5 trillion (or was it $5.5T?) “Build Back Better” spending bill and whittled it down to a much less expensive alternative. There are two main components: extending subsidies for...

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The Marriage Tax

The Marriage Tax

Young adults with low- or middle-income jobs pay a heavy price if they marry. GETTY Economists, tax specialists and even ordinary people have long known that public policies can make marriage very unattractive. At the lower end of the...

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Health Reforms for Voters

Health Reforms for Voters

BY JOHN C. GOODMAN AND DEAN CLANCY. Health care consistently ranks near the top of American voters’ list of concerns and is likely to remain there. In fact, in Americans for Prosperity’s latest health care poll, conducted on June 22by...

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Public Policy Research

Leveraging People,
Money and Ideas

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.

Our Role in Health Reform

We are witnessing a radical transformation of the U.S. health care system. Although health care is the most regulated market in our economy, we have recently witnessed massive deregulation — partly in response to the coronavirus threat. These changes were only possible because of three years of prior effort by the Trump administration. Many of the core ideas were pioneered by Goodman Institute health economists.

Health Care Briefing With Newt Gingrich

Former Congresswoman Nan Hayworth, Newt Gingrich and I discuss healthcare in the next election and beyond. Newt and I have a mutual admiration society that goes back many years. Newt has always been an outlier among Republican politicians when it comes to the topic of health care – aggressively searching for solutions instead of avoiding the subject.

Sessions/Cassidy Health Plan

  • Abolishes the ObamaCare mandates.
  • Repeals all of the anti-job provisions of ObamaCare
  • Repeals thousands of pages of additional regulations.
  • Deregulates and denationalizes the health insurance marketplace in every state.
  • Offers all Americans a universal tax credit (similar to the child tax credit) for health insurance premiums and deposits to Health Savings Accounts.
  • Lets employees earn higher wages by eliminating waste in their health plans.

New Partnership: Health Care News

The Goodman Institute for Public Policy has agreed to partner with Heartland to ensure the newspaper’s survival going forward. This new partnership could not have come at a better time. Polls consistently show that healthcare is the number one issue with voters.

The Environmental Blog

This Goodman Institute inspired blog is about appreciating the environment and protecting it using the tools of economics. Your blog manager is Jane Shaw Stroup, a former senior fellow of the Property and Environment Research Center.

The Health Blog

For many years, our health care blog was the only free enterprise health policy blog on the internet. Then, when the NCPA closed its doors, the health blog stopped as well.

During this five-year hiatus no one else has come forward to claim the space. So, my colleagues and I have decided to restart the blog in connection with the Goodman Institute. We invite you and others to use this forum to share your views.

Our Scholars

Read the most recent commentaries available in the
nation’s most important news publications.

John Goodman

Larry Kotlikoff

Thomas Saving

Devon Herrick

Linda Gorman

All Experts


What They
Are Saying

Many years ago I read a book called Patient Power. It was… written by Musgrave and Goodman. John Goodman is… known as the Father of Health Savings Accounts.

Sean Hannity

American commentator

They’ve developed innovative ideas on how to create a better health system, a less expensive health system, a health system with more access for well over two decades.

Newt Gingrich

Former Speaker of the House of Representatives

John Goodman is the leading expert on free market proposals for probably the most dysfunctional 1/6th of our economy that exists. He does a spectacular job.

Jeb Bush

Former Governor of Florida

Our Priorities

The Goodman Institute is doing work not done by any other organization – especially in the areas of tax, health care and entitlement policy. Without our work the nation might not have obtained tax reform. Now we need to defend it.

We work with the best scholars from around the country on the nation’s most difficult public policy problems. Our mission is to find private alternatives to government programs that aren’t working. Ideas have enormous potential to change the course of human events.



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