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The High Cost of Good Intentions: A History of U.S. Federal Entitlement Programs

by John F. Coganvia Books by Hoover Fellows
Friday, September 22, 2017

Federal entitlement programs are strewn throughout the pages of U.S. history, springing from the noble purpose of assisting people who are destitute through no fault of their own. Yet as federal entitlement programs have grown, so too have their inefficiency and their cost. Neither tax revenues nor revenues generated by the national economy have been able to keep pace with their rising growth, bringing the national debt to a record peacetime level.

In the News

What Conservatives Think About Graham-Cassidy: ‘We Will Turn A Washington Failure Into An American Success’

quoting Lanhee J. Chenvia
Thursday, September 21, 2017

A number of conservatives, intellectuals, and think tank scholars have endorsed the Graham-Cassidy Obamacare repeal bill. Here are some of the conservatives who have backed the Graham-Cassidy.

Analysis and Commentary

One More Opportunity For Health Care Reform

by Lanhee J. Chenvia Townhall
Thursday, September 21, 2017

After several unsuccessful attempts this year, Republicans have one last chance to deliver on their seven-year old promise to repeal and replace ObamaCare. Legislation recently introduced by Senators Lindsey Graham, Bill Cassidy, Dean Heller and Ron Johnson eliminates some of ObamaCare’s most unpopular provisions and enacts reforms that will help to lower costs, expand choices, promote federal fiscal responsibility, and put power back in the hands of states and consumers.

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The Libertarian: The Single-Payer Fantasy

interview with Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas (Hoover Institution)
Thursday, September 21, 2017

Where Bernie Sanders' moonshot health care proposal goes wrong.


Republicans Get One Last Chance On ObamaCare Reform

by Lanhee J. Chenvia Wall Street Journal
Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Graham-Cassidy is not perfect, but it creates a competition of ideas and gives power back to states.

In the News

Kimmel, Not Cassidy, Is Right On Health Care, Analysts Say

quoting Lanhee J. Chenvia Politico
Wednesday, September 20, 2017

In the war of words between Jimmy Kimmel and Sen. Bill Cassidy, the late-night host has the better grasp of health policy, health care analysts say.


Entitlements And The Budget

by John F. Coganvia
Wednesday, September 20, 2017

The United States faces a fiscal challenge unlike any in its history, driven entirely by spending on federal entitlement programs. The country is currently borrowing half a trillion dollars a year and is on pace to borrow a trillion dollars every year. Unless entitlement spending is restrained, every American will face higher taxes and lower standards of living.

Analysis and Commentary

The Sanders Single-Payer Plan Is No Miracle Cure

by Lanhee J. Chen, Micah Weinbergvia The New York Times
Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Last week, Senator Bernie Sanders introduced “Medicare for all” legislation, which would enroll all Americans into the nation’s Medicare program within four years. Senator Sanders, the Vermont independent, argues that his proposal would create a system that “works not just for millionaires and billionaires, but for all of us.”

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The Fatal Allure of Single Payer

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Monday, September 18, 2017

The ardent pleas of Bernie Sanders won’t make a socialist system work.



by John H. Cochrane via Grumpy Economist
Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Sometimes the blog posts write themselves from contrasting newspaper headlines.


Health Care Policy Working Group

The Working Group on Health Care Policy devises public policies that enable more Americans to get better value for their health care dollar and foster appropriate innovations that will extend and improve life.