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Analysis and Commentary

How Do We Get All Californians Access To Affordable Health Care? ‘Bold Action’

by Lanhee J. Chenvia Sacramento Bee
Sunday, April 28, 2019

California Influencers this week answered the question: Should California make it its mission to ensure that every resident has health care coverage? What’s the best way to achieve that goal? Below are the Influencers’ answers in their entirety.

Analysis and Commentary

We’re Running Out Of Time. Social Security Must Be Saved Now.

by Charles Blahousvia The Washington Post
Friday, April 26, 2019

This week, Social Security’s trustees issued a dire warning. In their 2019 annual report, they announced that future costs for the program will be 20 percent higher than projected revenue. As soon as next year, Social Security’s yearly expenses are expected to exceed its income — forcing the program to begin drawing down its trust funds.

In the News

House Budget Panel To Hold Hearing On ‘Medicare For All,’ Single-Payer Plans In May

quoting Charles Blahousvia Morning Consult
Thursday, April 25, 2019
Just days before its first-ever hearing on Capitol Hill in front of the House Rules Committee, “Medicare for All” is teed up for a second one next month, hosted by the House Budget Committee, a committee aide said Thursday.

Lee Ohanian On The John Batchelor Show

interview with Lee Ohanianvia The John Batchelor Show
Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Lee Ohanian discusses his California On Your Mind article "The Extremely Bad Economics Of Single-Payer Healthcare For California."

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No Free Lunch— Or Health Care

by Scott W. Atlasvia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, April 24, 2019

“Medicare for all” promises nothing but crippling expense, inefficiency, and delays.


Richard Epstein On The John Batchelor Show

interview with Richard A. Epsteinvia The John Batchelor Show
Friday, April 19, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow  Richard Epstein discusses his Defining Ideas article "Taking Opioids To Court."

In the News

Eric Hargan Joins Hoover At Leadership Forum On Health Care

Friday, April 19, 2019
Hoover Institution, Stanford University

Eric David Hargan, the United States Deputy Secretary of Health and Human Services, engaged in a thoughtful exchange with Hoover fellows about health care issues during a Leadership Forum on April 11. 

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Area 45: California And Economics On Your Mind With Lee Ohanian

interview with Lee Ohanianvia Area 45
Thursday, April 18, 2019

Lee Ohanian talks about California On Your Mind and his latest article on California’s economic health, its new governor, and the state’s role as the lead in the anti-Trump “resistance.”

Analysis and Commentary

Medicare-For-All Myths

by Lanhee J. Chenvia Townhall
Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Bernie Sanders and his lefty friends are at it again. He’s reintroduced legislation to create a socialist-style takeover of our health care called Medicare-for-all. Make no mistake: It would do just as much damage to our health care as would previous efforts to install a single-payer system. 


The Extremely Bad Economics Of Single-Payer Healthcare For California

by Lee Ohanianvia California on Your Mind
Tuesday, April 16, 2019

“Medicare for All.” “Healthcare is a right, not a privilege.” “You will never be denied treatment under single-payer healthcare.”

These are some of the slogans that you will hear from politicians, including all current Democratic presidential candidates. In the most extreme versions of “Medicare for All” plans, such as that advocated by Bernie Sanders, private health insurance would be eliminated in favor of a government-run, single-payer plan.


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.