Charles Blahous, a Hoover research fellow who currently serves as one of the two public trustees for the Social Security and Medicare programs, discusses legitimate differences over the program's appropriate future direction. Beginning with a review of the events of 1983 and focusing on the substance, intent, and scorekeeping of that year's Social Security reforms, Blahous explains what happened then, why, and how it led to sharply divergent views of program finances during the Bush administration's reform initiative as well as today.
In this podcast Russell Roberts, a research fellow at the Hoover Institution and EconTalk host, discusses, with David Autor of MIT, the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) program. SSDI, which has grown dramatically in recent years, now costs about $200 billion a year. Autor explains how the program works, why the growth has been so dramatic, and the consequences for the program’s stability in the future.
Preparing For The Next Pandemic: Mobilizing And Integrating Responses Across The Government And The Private Sector
The medical response to COVID-19 was hampered in speed and effectiveness by obstacles to effective coordination across federal agencies, between local, state, and federal governments, and among public and private-sector organizations. Drawing on interviews with practitioners and open-source research, this report describes those obstacles and recommends policies and actions to help overcome them and improve our nation’s response to this pandemic as well as future biomedical crises.
As the discussion over the future of health reform continues in the United States Senate, some Republicans are looking for ways to boost coverage levels, help stabilize insurance markets, and lower health costs. For years, the U.S. has had insurance enrollment levels below what was possible because of lower than desirable take-up of existing options.
It’s hard enough for most of us to make smart long-term plans. It’s really hard for politicians to do it. So a year ago, at the beginning of our Agenda2020 series on the deep future of American health, we pulled a group of experts into a room in Washington and asked them: If we want to improve the health of a changing nation, what would you do?
Health care topped voter concerns in the run-up to the midterm elections, beating out the economy and jobs. And voters were right to be concerned. The midterm results have enormous implications for the future of U.S. health care policy. With the Democrats winning a majority in the House of Representatives, GOP attempts to legislatively repeal the Affordable Care Act are now thwarted.
As federal policymakers consider future legislation to address the economic challenges created by COVID-19, they should take the shortest route possible to get aid to those who need it. Where possible, the assistance should go directly to affected individuals and businesses, rather than through the states. If it’s not feasible for the aid to be sent to recipients directly, states should be held accountable for ensuring that those in need are actually getting it.
Hoover Institution fellow Niall Ferguson discusses the history of pandemics, the geopolitics of Covid 19, US elections, the future of the market economy, and questions about globalization and de-globalization, as well as Niall Fergusons's book The Square and the Tower: Networks and Power, from the Freemasons to Facebook.
In collaboration with the U.S. Civilian Corps (USCC) and executive search firm Odgers Berndtson, Lieut. Gen. H.R. McMaster and a research team at the Hoover Institution have released an in-depth report detailing the lessons learned in the course of domestic COVID-19 response and issuing guidance for the improvement of government and private sector pandemic response in the future.
COVID-19 will likely restructure economic activity in a variety of ways, and lead to the growth of some firms and the decline of others. This column uses stock markets to examine these effects as share prices are tied to expectations about future earnings growth. On days with large pandemic-related market moves, there is enormous dispersion in firm-level returns.
Senator Rand Paul, a US Senator from Kentucky, joined Hoover fellows for a Leadership Forum roundtable luncheon at the Hoover Institution on Thursday, May 30. The thoughtful exchange allowed the senator to discuss important policy issues, such as immigration reform, alternatives to the Affordable Care Act, the future of the Republican Party, the war on drugs, entitlement reform, and urban development. Hoover fellows included those with expertise in political science, taxation, economic policy, health care policy, and international affairs.
Hoover fellow Lanhee J. Chen on the road ahead for Obamacare: speed bumps, massive potholes, or smooth sailing?
The road ahead for Obamacare: speed bumps, massive potholes, or smooth sailing?
Obamacare Repeal–What’s the Remedy?
This week on Uncommon Knowledge, Wisconsin governor Scott Walker discusses a wide range of issues facing his state, the nation, and the future of the GOP. (32:53)
“What we've tried to do is take a step back and instead of getting engrossed in the nuances and acronyms here in our nation's capital is instead try to focus on what does this mean to real people? What does this mean to our state? What does this mean to us long term? My goal is to move people from government dependence . . . and find a way to transition them into the private sector.”
Modest, voluntary co-pays on end-of-life care would encourage families to opt for free hospice or palliative care.
Federal entitlement programs are strewn throughout the pages of U.S. history, springing from the noble purpose of assisting people who are destitute through no fault of their own. Yet as federal entitlement programs have grown, so too have their inefficiency and their cost. Neither tax revenues nor revenues generated by the national economy have been able to keep pace with their rising growth, bringing the national debt to a record peacetime level.
Articles On: China, Transparency, Hong Kong, University, History, Cold War, Indo-Pacific, Coronavirus, and Queensland
This section collects opinion pieces from across the world commenting on the harms caused by the activities of the Chinese Communist Party and provides insight to the various solutions that experts and leaders suggest we pursue to protect our interests.