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  • Backgrounder posted January 10, 2003 by James Frogue The Future of Medicaid: Consumer-Directed Care

    Medicaid is a broken system that largely fails to serve the health care needs of its 47 million beneficiaries. Ironically, despite its consistent failure to deliver quality health care, Medicaid is also running up a rapidly growing and unsustainable tab for taxpayers. The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) projects that 2002 will be the first year that spending for…

  • Executive Summary posted June 28, 2001 by James Frogue, Grace-Marie Turner Executive Summary: Improving Health Care Coverage Through Defined Contributions

    The debate in Washington over enacting a patients' bill of rights ignores the potential results of that approach: a barrage of lawsuits that will further increase health care costs and compound, not solve, the nation's health care problems. A far more effective means of addressing the health care needs of Americans is to foster a system that offers employees…

  • Backgrounder posted June 28, 2001 by James Frogue, Grace-Marie Turner Improving Health Care Coverage Through Defined Contributions

    The debate in Washington over enacting a patients' bill of rights ignores its potential result: a barrage of lawsuits that will further increase health care costs and compound the nation's health care problems. A far more effective means of addressing the health care needs of Americans is a system that offers defined contributions to an employee's health plan. This…

  • Executive Memorandum posted June 4, 2001 by James Frogue Right and Wrong Ways to Address the Needs of the Uninsured

    The final budget resolution adopted by the House and Senate (H. Con. Res. 83) includes $28 billion over three years to reduce the number of Americans without health insurance. Congress and the Administration must soon determine how that money will be spent. According to the most recent estimate by the U.S. Bureau of the Census, 42.6 million Americans are…

  • Lecture posted May 18, 2001 by James Frogue, Richard Smith, Alissa Fox, Janet Stokes Trautwein, Victoria Craig Bunce Overhauling Medicare: What It Will Take to Attract Private Providers

    JAMES FROGUE: My name is James Frogue. I'm the Health Care Policy Analyst at The Heritage Foundation. Medicare reform is an unavoidably hot topic for Congress and the Administration. Fundamental restructuring of this vital program is critical to its long-term fiscal health, as well as to improving the quality of care delivered to America's seniors. Two years…

  • Lecture posted May 4, 2001 by James Frogue, David Gratzer, Timothy Evans, Richard Teske Buyer Beware: The Failure of Single-Payer Health Care

    JAMES FROGUE: My name is James Frogue. I'm the Health Care Policy Analyst here at The Heritage Foundation, and I want to welcome you to our panel. In a remarkable recent development, the Health Insurance Association of America (HIAA) teamed up with Families USA, one of Washington's leading left-wing health policy organizations, to unveil what they call a Common…

  • Executive Memorandum posted April 17, 2001 by James Frogue Recent Survey Points to Affordable Individual Health Insurance

    Representatives Richard Armey (R-TX) and William Lipinski (D-IL), along with 23 bipartisan cosponsors, introduced the Fair Care for the Uninsured Act of 2001 (H.R. 1331) on April 3, 2001. This legislation would create refundable tax credits for the purchase of health insurance of $1,000 per individual, $2,000 per married couple, and up to $3,000 per family. The bill…

  • Executive Memorandum posted April 12, 2001 by James Frogue Vermont's Plan to Control Drug Prices for Seniors: A BadPrescription

    States that are considering ways to improve seniors' access to prescription drugs should not be quick to follow Vermont's lead. Last November, Vermont obtained a waiver from Medicaid law that allows it to set prices for prescription drugs, using Medicaid payment levels, for all seniors without private coverage and certain other low-income uninsured…

  • Commentary posted March 28, 2001 by James Frogue Patients' Rights? Try Prisoners' Rights

    It may sound healthy, this debate we're hearing in Washington over a "Patients' Bill of Rights." But it's like listening to prisoners clamor for better food and more yard time. No matter what the outcome, they're still prisoners. What they should be angling for is early parole. That's why it was disappointing to hear President Bush outline what he wants to see in…

  • Backgrounder posted February 16, 2001 by James Frogue Top Ten Ways to Fix America's Health Insurance Market and ExpandCoverage

    President George W. Bush and the 107th Congress inherited a problem from their predecessors that they will be unable to ignore: how to fix America's troubled health care system so that every American gains access to quality health insurance coverage. Today, an estimated 42 million people go without insurance coverage at some point during the year, and…

  • Executive Summary posted February 16, 2001 by James Frogue BG1410es: Top Ten Ways to Fix America's Health Insurance Market andExpand Coverage

    President George W. Bush and the 107th Congress face important decisions about how to fix America's health care system so that all Americans have access to quality health insurance coverage. Today, approximately 42 million people go without coverage at some point during the year, and experts predict this number will rise. Policymakers must begin to think…

  • Commentary posted December 21, 2000 by Robert E. Moffit, Ph.D., James Frogue The Ghost of Healthcare Future

    Imagine a world in which you're forbidden to spend your own money to obtain medical care. Imagine that, regardless of your personal needs, you're forced to rely on the government for health care, no matter how long it takes or how substandard it may be. A far-fetched Orwellian nightmare? Hardly. That's precisely how the Canadian health-care system operates. Yes,…

  • Commentary posted September 29, 2000 by Robert E. Moffit, Ph.D., James Frogue Government-run health care: a world of hurt

    Supporters of government-run health care frequently point to the "universal health coverage" offered in countries such as Canada and Britain as a model for the United States. An apparently approving Vice President Al Gore recently told an MTV audience he expects European-style coverage for Americans "within this decade." He may want to talk with James Hughes-Onslow…

  • Executive Summary posted September 26, 2000 by James Frogue Executive Summary: A High Price For Patients: An Update On Government Health Care In Britain and Canada

    Supporters of government-run health care offer an alluring vision: universal health coverage, free or inexpensive medical services and prescription drugs, unrestricted access to care, doctors with complete clinical freedom, and exemplary quality of care. These advocates of government-subsidized medicine often claim that the U.S. health care system should move in…

  • Backgrounder posted September 26, 2000 by James Frogue A High Price For Patients: An Update On Government Health Care In Britain and Canada

    Supporters of government-run health care offer an alluring vision: universal health coverage, free or inexpensive medical services and prescription drugs, unrestricted access to care, doctors with complete clinical freedom, and exemplary quality of care. These advocates of government-subsidized medicine often claim that the U.S. health care system should move in…