Category Archives: Health

How to Leave the Euro: A Practical Roadmap for Italy

The leaders of Italy’s new populist government say they do not want to leave the euro. Except, no one believes them. They are on record as saying the euro was a bad idea. Until they were stopped by the President of the Italian Republic, they tried to appoint Paulo Savona, a well-known euroskeptic, as finance minister. Instead, they appointed him Read More


High-Risk Pools, Reinsurance, and Universal Catastrophic Coverage

The most challenging problem in health care policy is how to deal with the very tip of the cost curve — the 10 percent of the population who account for two-thirds of all personal health care spending; or among them, the 5 percent of the population who account for half of all spending; or among them, costliest of all, the Read More


Is Single-Payer the Right Way Forward for Health Care?

America’s progressives are right when they say we need a health care system that guarantees everyone affordable access to essential care, asks everyone to pay their fair share of the cost, but not more, and makes health care transparent, efficient, and consumer-friendly. But are the also right about the best way to get there? They ask, why don’t we just Read More


Work Requirements Are the Newest Front in the War on the War on Poverty

On July 12, President Trump’s Council of Economic Advisers released a report titled “Expanding Work Requirements in Non-Cash Welfare Programs” in response to an April 2018 executive order on reducing poverty in America. The CEA’s basic argument is simple: The war on poverty has been won — properly measured, the poverty rate is just 3 percent, a historic low. However, victory Read More


Is the War on Poverty Really Over?

The Council of Economic Advisers recently released a report that began with the startling statement that the War on Poverty is over and has ended in victory. Properly measured, says the CEA, the poverty rate has fallen to just 3 percent. Can such a low poverty rate, less than a quarter of the official measure (12.7 percent for 2017), be Read More