Massachusetts Health Care Flop and the Way Forward

The National Center for Policy Analysis has released three new highly topical health-care reports worthy of reading:

Three Lessons from Massachusetts

The Massachusetts experiment in health care reform offers many lessons that are applicable to the current debate in Congress. The Obama proposals would use similar means to achieve their goals, requiring individuals to purchase insurance and creating an “insurance exchange” where they can buy heavily regulated, heavily subsidized health insurance. Some of the lessons to be learned from the Massachusetts experience have been well-chronicled. But a new NCPA report takes a look at three lessons that remain to be explored.

Can Health Reform Save Money?

One of the big questions asked about the Health Care Reform proposal is whether or not the health reform can save money. The administration’s plan to cut health care costs by changing the way we pay under Medicare will not work, and will likely cost more than it will save, according to a new study by former Medicare trustee Thomas Saving.

10 Steps to Free Our Health Care System

To confront and resolve America’s health care crisis, the most effective solution for Americans’ well-being and budgets is to arm patients with more information and options, not increase spending, regulations and bureaucracy, according to a new NCPA report. The NCPA has come up with a 10-point proposal to health care reform, based on two and a half decades of research on health care systems in virtually every developed country.