John C. Goodman

Posted December 21, 2013

"Pope Francis attacked unfettered capitalism as 'a new tyranny,'" reads the lead of the Reuters story by Naomi O'Leary.

Posted December 14, 2013

At this point we have no idea how many people will become newly insured under ObamaCare.

Posted December 09, 2013

New York Times columnist Paul Krugman claims that Republicans who want to trim back welfare spending are waging a "war on the poor."

Posted November 30, 2013

Here is irony: the people who talk the most about the need for a social safety net (including the president himself!) are cheerleaders for a health reform that is going to shred it.

Posted November 23, 2013

The idea that John F. Kennedy was really a conservative, rather than the liberal icon he is so often depicted as, is the thesis of a new book by Ira Stoll. The idea is seconded by George Will in a column in The Washington Post. Are they correct?

Posted November 16, 2013

For the past six years President Obama and the Democrats in Congress have waged a relentless attack on the health insurance industry. In the most recent iteration, the president assures us he is not responsible for the wave of health insurance policy cancellations. The insurance companies are.

Posted November 09, 2013

If you are inclined to believe Barack Obama's claim that people losing their insurance are giving up skimpy coverage for much better benefits, read the editorial in Monday's Wall Street Journal.

Posted November 02, 2013

From day one, the health policy community has correctly seen the Affordable Care Act as an attempt to completely change the health care system. This isn't even controversial. It's accepted by all as an undisputed fact.

Posted October 26, 2013

Until recently the taxi cab business in virtually every city in the country functioned like a medieval guild. And as Adam Smith might have predicted, we consumers are worse off for it. But for me at least, things have changed.

Posted October 19, 2013

The liberal view of health care is easy to describe: health care is too complex and complicated for individuals to make good choices on their own. Therefore they need bureaucracies — employers, insurance companies or government — to make decisions for them.

Posted October 12, 2013

"If you like your health insurance you can keep it," Barack Obama promised the voters on many occasions.

Posted October 05, 2013

Have you ever noticed how often cities where there are very few Republicans elect Republican mayors anyway? Or if they don't elect a Republican, they elect a Democrat who acts like a Republican.

Posted September 28, 2013

The ObamaCare health insurance exchanges are supposed to open for business next Tuesday.

Posted September 21, 2013

In 1984, Singapore instituted a revolutionary idea: a system of compulsory saving for medical expenses.

Posted September 14, 2013

Do you know of any place you can go to find a rational, well-thought out economic argument for liberalism? I can't.

Posted September 07, 2013

We spend about twice as much as other developed countries as a fraction of national output.

Posted August 31, 2013

The 50 year anniversary of Martin Luther King's march on Washington is causing a lot of people in my generation to reminisce.

Posted August 17, 2013

Ask almost any employer and there won't be much doubt: the Affordable Care Act is likely to raise the cost of labor, discourage hiring and have a negative effect on the economy. Some economists are pushing back, however.

Posted August 10, 2013

Republicans are virtually unanimous about one thing: They want to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ObamaCare). But what would they replace it with?

Posted August 03, 2013

There is a new study out with the finding that urban sprawl contributes to inequality, making it more difficult for the poor to climb the income ladder.