The idea that health care and other welfare measures are fundamental rights everyone has goes back a couple of centuries. In this theory, human beings are viewed as prisoners of their circumstances.
As members of the Commission on the 21st Century Economy, we spent nine months diligently addressing problems created by California's outdated and deeply flawed tax system...
Every century or so, a major flu pandemic (an epidemic with a global impact) occurs...
Robert Barro of Harvard University and Stanford University's Hoover Institution talks about disasters--significant national and international catastrophes such as the Great Depression, war, and the flu epidemic in the early part of the 20th century...
Democritus touted the goal of good health in the fifth century B.C., when he said that "without health, nothing is of any use, not money nor anything else" ("On Diet:)...
Berkowitz on the John Batchelor Show: “the translation of the principle of individual liberty into political practice... is accompanied by a set of institutions that are accountable to the people”
Hoover senior fellow Peter Berkowitz compares King John’s signing of the Magna Carta in the thirteenth century to the Affordable Care Act on the John Batchelor Show. Topics include limited government, liberty, top-down creation of laws, incompetence of government, and recent Gallup polls.
The roots of conservatism go back to philosophers of the 17 and 18th centuries, such as John Locke, David Hume, and Adam Smith...
In this podcast, Angus Deaton of Princeton University talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about his new book Great Escape: Health, Wealth, and the Origins of Inequality. Topics include causes of improvements in health during the past century, prospects of future improvements, and health care in the developing world.
A quarter of a century after Procter & Gamble developed the fat substitute olestra, the Food and Drug Administration finally approved it. Now a group associated with Ralph Nader, the Center for Science in the Public Interest, is accusing the FDA of beinga corporate lapdog. Hoover fellow Henry I. Miller details an absurdity.
On February 4, 2014, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released a report that instantly became a focus of intense controversy and competing political spin.
Around and after the time that the Affordable Care Act was enacted, many analysts identified problems with claims being made about the law, and we offered explanations of its likely actual effects.
The new White House report on Medicaid expansion, “Missed Opportunities,” argues that states that decline to expand Medicaid through the Affordable Care Act are sacrificing important benefits.
Each year there is enormous (I would say excessive) press interest in the projected date of depletion of Medicare's Hospital Insurance (HI) trust fund.
A recent Senate Budget Committee (SBC) Republican report about the fiscal effects of the Affordable Care Act (ACA, or so-called “Obamacare”) has stimulated public and press interest.