The American health system is among the most innovative in the world. We are at the leading edge in developing breakthrough drugs, inventing effective and less invasive surgeries, and tackling cancer. But we seem to fall down flat in one area—achieving the kind of organizational innovation in the health care industry that we take for granted in virtually every other…
Stuart Butler discusses Heritage's Saving the American Dream plan on Lou Dobb's television program.…
Alison Fraser and Stuart Butler comment on Heritage's Saving the American Dream budget plan on Fox News.…
The sweeping proposal unveiled by the co-chairs of President Obama’s debt commission has left Washington insiders scratching their heads. If Erskine Bowles and former-Senator Alan Simpson were seeking a compromise that would win commission approval and have a chance in Congress next month, why didn’t they craft a modest package with pre-arranged buy-in? Why offer a…
If President Obama really wants to get the long-term deficit under control, he should replace his White House budget strategists with arms control experts.
It's not that the deficit threatens to spark a nuclear holocaust. But the way that arms controllers approach negotiations could prove quite useful in addressing the deficit.
Here's why. Arms controllers…
(Article originally written for the
New England Journal of Medicine
) As the prospects for health care reform ebb and flow by the day, one school of thought holds that making modest adjustments rather than enacting large-scale reform could help to avert controversy and command more broad support. Perhaps --but…
Stuart Butler discusses how Unions are exempt from the tax on the Health Care Bill on WETA…
Congress is counting on a ton of savings from home health care to finance its costly coverage expansion. That sector got hit because, unlike big pharmaceuticals or the American Medical Association, it doesn't have a seat at the bargaining table. The House bill projects almost $57 billion, while the Senate is eyeing $42 billion. That's roughly 10 percent of all the…
Maybe we can breathe a collective sigh of relief -- now that we've dodged the bullet of a catastrophic collapse of America's entire financial system.
But how do we avoid a possible repeat performance?
To be sure, we need to revive and reform the housing market. Fortunately, lenders have stopped giving huge mortgages to practically every would-be borrower with a…
Most Americans think that all citizens should have the same
rights and privileges, and that the same laws should apply equally
to all. So it is that the president has just one vote in any
election, as does the grocery clerk. And the Treasury secretary or
chairman of the Ways and Means Committee must pay taxes just like
anyone else (well, more or less).
A classic "Saturday Night Live" skit sums up much of what's
wrong with the financing part of health care reform and gives a
clue how to fix it.
At a typical kitchen table, debt-burdened Steve Martin and Amy
Poehler are trying to figure out their finances. Suddenly, a
salesman shows up with the solution: a book titled "Don't Buy Stuff
You Cannot Afford." Its…
"When I use a word," says Humpty Dumpty in Lewis Carroll's
"Through the Looking Glass," "it means just what I choose it to
Members of Congress have this down to a fine art. Take the
health care legislation recently introduced by Sen. Max Baucus,
Montana Democrat and Finance Committee chairman. Some say the
senator made a bold decision in not including a…
Concord Coalition: Stuart Butler on Fiscal Wake Up Tour.…
What if Congress actually had to pay for any new program it
wanted to start? It's a common-sense way to do business. And
totally alien to Washington's breezy "spend now, find the money
But there may be some hope after all. Despite getting Congress
to pass trillions of dollars in new spending and debt since
Inauguration Day, President Obama has…
Call it Brewster's tax code. When it comes to health coverage,
our tax system is a variation on "Brewster's Millions."
In the Richard Pryor movie, Brewster stood to inherit $300
million if he could spend $30 million in 30 days ... and have
absolutely nothing to show for it. Today, our tax system is
designed to spend $200 billion a year to help working people…
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