Tom Church

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Tom Church is a policy fellow at the Hoover Institution. He studies entitlement reform, health care policy, income inequality, poverty, the federal budget, and immigration reform. He also contributes to PolicyEd, the Hoover Institution’s initiative to educate Americans about public policy.

He has conducted research on developing supplemental statistics to better measure income, poverty, and health insurance coverage. In 2015 he edited the book Inequality & Economic Policy: Essays in Memory of Gary Becker with John B. Taylor and Chris Miller. He also contributes to the Hoover Institution’s immigration reform initiative.

Church received his master’s degree in public policy with honors from Pepperdine University, specializing in economics and international relations. He has a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and political science from the University of Michigan.

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The Budget and Tax Effects of a Federal Public Option After COVID-19

by Lanhee J. Chen, Tom Church, Daniel Heilvia Analysis
Tuesday, October 20, 2020

A public option that follows historical trends would become the third-largest federal spending program and increase deficits by almost $800 billion over ten years. These increases are particularly problematic given the significant increases in deficits fueled by the relief packages enacted in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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The American Labor Market

by Edward Paul Lazear, Lee Ohanian, Russ Roberts, David R. Henderson, Margaret (Macke) Raymond, Daniel Heil, Tom Churchvia Policy Insights | A Guide to Important Policy Questions
Monday, July 20, 2020

With COVID-19 wreaking havoc on the US economy, it is easy to be pessimistic about the future job market. The unemployment rate is in double digits and millions of households are now relying on federal unemployment benefits to survive. Nevertheless, the United States is particularly well-equipped to overcome these changes. Its economy is exceptional, and this is especially true when it comes to the US workforce.

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A Better Way to Fix Infrastructure

by Joshua D. Rauh, Lee Ohanian, Daniel Heil, Tom Churchvia Policy Insights | A Guide to Important Policy Questions
Wednesday, June 17, 2020

American infrastructure is need of an overhaul. But, as we learned in the last edition of Policy Insights, government-funded projects often fail to live up to their lofty goals. The problem isn’t that dollars aren’t being spent on infrastructure. Instead, it is that the money is being spent poorly.

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A Better Way To Fix Infrastructure

by Joshua D. Rauh, Lee Ohanian, Daniel Heil, Tom Churchvia PolicyEd
Wednesday, June 17, 2020

American infrastructure is need of an overhaul. But, as we learned in the last edition of Policy Insights, government-funded projects often fail to live up to their lofty goals. The problem isn’t that dollars aren’t being spent on infrastructure. Instead, it is that the money is being spent poorly.

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Area 45: Tom Church: The Fiscal Effects Of A Public Option

interview with Tom Churchvia Area 45
Friday, January 31, 2020

The enormous fiscal impact on government and taxpayers should a politically feasible public option become law.

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The Fiscal Effects Of The Public Option

by Lanhee J. Chen, Tom Church, Daniel Heilvia Analysis
Monday, January 27, 2020

Supporters of a federal public option contend that a government-run health plan will reduce federal deficits. These projected deficit savings are predicated on two major, but unrealistic, assumptions. First, public option proposals assume that the government will reimburse hospitals and providers at rates lower than paid by private insurers. Second, the proposals require plan premiums to fully cover plan costs. 

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Political And Electoral Instability

featuring David Brady, Morris P. Fiorina, Russ Roberts, Bill Whalen, Tom Churchvia PolicyEd
Thursday, October 17, 2019

American politics feels more divided than ever. Are we at an unprecedented point in history? Are there lessons to be learned from prior periods in American politics?

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A Budget Road MAP

by Tom Churchvia Budget Matters, America Off Balance
Wednesday, October 2, 2019

The recent budget deal makes it clear yet again that neither major political party in Congress is serious about controlling government spending. While the official score of the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2019 shows only a small effect on long-term government spending, this effect represents a permanent increase. What looked like small, temporary budget increases will in fact add $1.5 trillion to 10-year spending levels.

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Single-Payer Health Care

by Scott W. Atlas, Richard A. Epstein, Lee Ohanian, Lanhee J. Chen, Tom Churchvia PolicyEd
Thursday, August 15, 2019

Single-payer health care is when the government acts as the only payer of health care costs in the economy. Rather than individuals purchasing insurance for payment of medical expenses through their employer or on the open market, the federal government typically covers all such costs.

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