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The Libertarian: Trump's Health Care Triumph

interview with Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas (Hoover Institution)
Thursday, October 19, 2017

The president's executive order points to a productive way forward on health policy.

Analysis and Commentary

A Step In The Right Direction On Health Care

by Lanhee J. Chenvia Townhall
Tuesday, October 17, 2017

So far this year, Republicans in Washington have been unable to fulfill their promise to repeal and replace Obamacare. It’s been a source of great frustration to those around the country who have suffered under the weight of higher health insurance premiums, and fewer health care choices.

Analysis and Commentary

Medical Innovation Shouldn’t Cause Pioneers To Jump Through Hoops

by Henry I. Miller, Jeff Stiervia The Hill
Monday, October 16, 2017

Sloppy lawmaking that needs to be neutralized by baroque, inventive work-arounds makes for bad public policy. We’re seeing that currently in the patenting arena: Clever lawyers have devised surprising ways to circumvent glitches in the system that have evolved as the result of legislation and court decisions. The situation cries out for a legislative fix to put an end to the legal maneuvering.

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Making Health Care Great Again

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Monday, October 16, 2017

Trump’s executive order marks a major advance over Obamacare’s statist failures.

In the News

Social Security Checks To Rise 2 Percent In 2018, The Biggest Increase In Years

quoting Charles Blahousvia The Washington Post
Friday, October 13, 2017

Social Security checks are going up 2 percent in 2018, the U.S. government announced Friday. It's the first substantial raise in years.


The Costs (Administrative And Otherwise) Of Medicare For All

by Charles Blahousvia e21, Economic Policies for the 21st Century
Thursday, October 12, 2017

Last month the Washington Post’s Fact Checker Glenn Kessler tackled a favorite talking point of “Medicare for All” (M4A) advocates: that M4A would save Americans money by replacing the high administrative costs of private health insurance with the low administrative costs of Medicare. Kessler’s treatment was even-handed, but a fuller understanding of the issue requires more details than can be fit into a newspaper column. This piece attempts to fill some of the information gaps evident in the ongoing, surrounding debate. Spoiler alert: Medicare’s administrative cost percentages are indeed low, but the total costs of M4A would nevertheless be quite high.


President Trump Is Right - Less Regulation And More Incentives Are The Right Path For Health Care Reform

by Scott W. Atlasvia Fox News
Thursday, October 12, 2017

While there is far more to be done, President Trump has the right idea on health care reform.  The low hanging fruit is strategic deregulation, specifically rolling back the ACA-imposed requirements on health insurance that not only directly raised insurance premiums but furthered the inappropriate construct that insurance should minimize out-of-pocket payment for all medical care.  When insurance covers nearly everything, patients have little incentive to consider price of care, so doctors and hospitals don’t need to compete on price. The consequences are the overuse of health care and unrestrained costs.


Gene Editing Is Here, And Desperate Patients Want It

by Henry I. Millervia Wall Street Journal
Thursday, October 12, 2017

Two-thirds of Americans support therapeutic use, but regulators are still stuck in the 1970s.

Silas Palmer fellow Michael D. Aguirre is a doctoral candidate in the history department at the University of Washington.
In the News

Silas Palmer Fellow Michael D. Aguirre Investigates The History Of Labor in California's Imperial Valley

Friday, October 13, 2017

This month Silas Palmer fellow Michael D. Aguirre visited Hoover to undertake the herculean task of opening more than eighty-eight boxes from the Victor V. Vesey papers. Vesey, a California legislator from 1971-74, is central to Aguirre's book project, which focuses on the relationship between industrial agriculture and maquiladoras in the eastern California borderlands during the 1960s and 1970s. By reading Vesey's correspondence with constituents and labor leaders, Aguirre was able to better understand the agriculture, labor, and energy policies that shaped California in the late twentieth century.

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Single-payer Straitjacket

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Hoover Digest
Monday, October 23, 2017

Universal, state-managed coverage would be even worse than the current system—which, under ObamaCare, is bad enough. 


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.