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The Uninsured’s Hidden Tax on Health Insurance Premiums in California

by John F. Cogan, Matthew Gunn, Daniel P. Kessler, Evan J. Lodesvia Analysis
Sunday, April 1, 2007

The basic premise behindmany recent California health-care reform plans is that Californians who have health insurance bear a large part of the financial burden of the health-care services provided to the uninsured. Doctors and hospitals, by charging insured persons systematically higher prices for health-care services, shift the costs of treating the uninsured onto the insured. These higher charges cause higher health insurance premiums— California’s ‘‘hidden tax.’’ According to reform advocates, the hidden tax is so large that the reforms, which include mandates and new taxes, will actually reduce those premiums.

An Economist Looks at Global Warming

by Gary S. Beckervia Hoover Digest
Sunday, April 1, 2007

We don’t have to sabotage today’s thriving economy to insure ourselves against environmental upheaval. By Gary S. Becker.

In the News

Who is the GOP's Pro-Growth Candidate?

with John F. Cogan, Michael J. Boskinvia Opinion Journal (Wall Street Journal)
Friday, March 30, 2007

Republican voters are eyeing their presidential candidates up and down, wondering just what core conservative principles lurk beneath the expensive suits...

In the News

Supply-Side Giuliani

with Hoover Institutionvia New York Sun
Thursday, March 29, 2007

The announcement yesterday by the magazine executive and former presidential candidate, Steve Forbes, that he is endorsing Mayor Giuliani in 2008 and joining the campaign as a national co-chairman and senior policy adviser, crystallizes for us a feeling that has been germinating for quite some time, that Mr. Giuliani is emerging as the candidate in this race for growth-oriented, economic conservatives — and, for that matter, those who aren't so conservative but comprehend the importance of policies not of managing shortages but of ensuring jobs and growth...

In the News

Republican Hopefuls Vie For Tax Cutters' Support

with Michael J. Boskinvia Wall Street Journal
Thursday, March 29, 2007

In the Republican presidential race, appeals to economic conservatives could prove crucial, as all three leading candidates face doubts from social conservatives...

In the News

Golden Goose of Medicine

with Henry I. Millervia National Center for Policy Analysis
Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Modern pharmaceuticals have never been safer, more effective, more innovative -- or more stringently regulated...

Analysis and Commentary

The Right Stuff

by Peter Berkowitzvia Politico
Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Polls indicate that Rudy Giuliani -- the thrice-married, twice-divorced, pro-choice and civil-union-supporting former New York City mayor -- has become the front-runner for the Republican presidential nomination...

Analysis and Commentary

Golden goose of medicine

by Henry I. Millervia Washington Times
Wednesday, March 28, 2007

The Food and Drug Administration lately has been trying to demonstrate to its critics that it really, really, really takes drug safety seriously...

In the News

'America Divided' To Be Subject of UB Symposium

with David Brady, Hoover Institutionvia SUNY-Buffalo (NY)
Wednesday, March 28, 2007

It is clear that Congress and the major American political parties are more ideologically polarized than they were a generation ago, but are Americans themselves more deeply polarized?

In the News

Unnecessary conflict

with George P. Shultzvia Washington Times
Tuesday, March 27, 2007

An unnecessary conflict is brewing over the president's qualified constitutional privilege to protect the confidentiality of presidential communications and the congressional power of inquiry...


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