John C. Goodman

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.

Posted July 27, 2013

What's the most important lesson to take away from the bankruptcy of Detroit? It's that when governments promise benefits they are unwilling to pay for, the system can very quickly come to resemble something designed by Bernie Madoff.

Posted July 13, 2013

Actors. Actresses. NFL football players. Baseball players. Librarians. Mayors. City councilmen. Members of AARP.

Posted July 06, 2013

You should care a lot about how health reform will affect your doctor. The reason: it will also affect you.

Posted June 29, 2013

The Supreme Court punted on the University of Texas affirmative action case the other day. But the issue won't seem to go away - except in California.

Posted June 22, 2013

Have you ever stopped to consider how much of modern life is conditioned by the fact that millions of young women are having children they cannot support? I propose a market test: Let the food stamp program compete on a level playing field against every other anti-poverty program, private or public.

Posted June 15, 2013

Have you noticed that the revelation about the National Security Agency surveilling our phone calls, our email, our credit cards and other personal information is creating great divisions at both ends of the political spectrum?

Posted June 01, 2013

Why has the topic of "inequality" been getting so much attention in recent years? My theory: people on the left don't have solutions to any other problems.

Posted May 25, 2013

I believe we are moving toward two different health systems. Which tier do you think you will be in?

Posted May 11, 2013

Something is wrong in the hospital marketplace. Government data released this week show that some hospitals in Dallas charge five times as much as other hospitals for the same procedures!

Posted May 04, 2013

Within the White House, within the Democratic chambers in Congress and among the (overwhelmingly liberal) health policy community there was considerable anguish this week. The reason: a new study finds that (as far as physical health is concerned) there is no difference between being in Medicaid and being uninsured.

Posted April 27, 2013

If you ever doubted the inability of the federal government to protect you from harm, events of the past few weeks should have been a clincher.

Posted April 20, 2013

The best way to understand the Affordable Care Act (ObamaCare) is to realize that it confers large benefits on some people and imposes large costs on others.

Posted April 13, 2013

In Britain they are mourning the death of Margaret Thatcher. They are also celebrating. Celebrating? Yes, celebrating.

Posted April 06, 2013

One of the worst features of the American health care system is the sorry state of medical malpractice law. Fewer than 2 percent of injured patients ever file a lawsuit. Of those that do, only one in 15 receives compensation.