New Way to Care: Social Protections that Put Families First

The COVID-19 pandemic. The Great Recession. The dot-com bust. The early ’90s recession. Every decade or so a disaster hits the United States and reminds us that the vast majority of American families are financially unprepared for an economic calamity. Even in good years, too few people save enough money for unexpected medical bills, for periods of unanticipated loss of income, and for a comfortable retirement. Nor are federal, state, and local safety nets up to the task. At all levels, government has made promises that American taxpayers seem either unable or unwilling to fund. More »

Health Care Briefing With Newt Gingrich

Former Congresswoman Nan Hayworth, Newt Gingrich and I discuss healthcare in the next election and beyond in this video. 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.       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

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. 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 Here!

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 »

New Environmental Blog

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

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. More »

New Partnership: Health Care News

Because of budget shortfalls, the Heartland Institute suspended publication of Health Care News in March. Fortunately, 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 health care is the number one issue with voters. So the need to inform candidates about health policy choices in this election year has never been greater.  More »