John C. Goodman Archive

John Goodman is a Research Fellow at The Independent Institute.
Full Biography and Recent Publications

Are Young People Better Off Being Uninsured?



The Affordable Care Act makes health insurance more expensive for young adults while simultaneously making it far less risky to go without insurance, according to a study by Conor Ryan, a health care analyst, and Chris Holt, the director of health care policy, at the American Action Forum. They find that opting out of...
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How the Left and the Right Talk about Inequality



If I were to reduce to a bumper sticker the way the left thinks about the world these days, it would read: Inequality Happens If I were to reduce to a bumper sticker the way the right thinks about the same subject, it would read: Inequality Happens for a Reason This is not a...
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Coburn II



ObamaCare is widely perceived as a Rube Goldberg contraption that treats people in arbitrary and unfair ways. A Republican alternative, therefore, needs to be clear, easy to understand, and based on principles that starkly contrast with ObamaCare. It must not be “ObamaCare light.” The first Coburn health reform proposal (the Coburn/Burr/Ryan/Nunes bill) fits this...
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Is There an Argument—Any Argument—for Community Rating?



I’ve never seen an intelligible argument for community rating. I think I know why. I’m afraid there isn’t any. Don’t believe me? I’ll tell you what I’ll do. I let you pick any recognized ethical system in the entire history of Western philosophy. (Only Western? Yeah, we’re not cultural relativists here.) Altruism, Egoism, Nietzschean...
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In Defense of Inequality



During the 2008 presidential election, Barack Obama was asked if he would favor of a higher capital gains tax rate, even if the government received less revenue as a result. His answer: Yes. When you stop to think about it, that’s a remarkable answer. By hypothesis, everyone is worse off. The owners of capital...
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Medicare Advantage



Uwe Reinhardt had a column the other day in which he argued that: We are paying Medicare Advantage plans more than we pay for similar patients in traditional Medicare. Enrollees in traditional Medicare are paying higher Part B premiums in order to subsidize the higher MA payments. This is bad public policy; we should...
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Medicaid Expansion Means More ER Visits



A number of years ago, Governor Romney told me that under Massachusetts health reform people would go to physicians’ offices for care instead of going to the emergency room. He wasn’t saying that Massachusetts would deliver more care. He was saying that the care would be more appropriate and less expensive. As it turns...
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Are We About to Face a Severe Doctor Shortage?



“No, there won’t be a doctor shortage,” wrote Zeke Emanuel and Scott Gottlieb in the New York Times the other day. Obamacare will weather that challenge just fine. How? Nurses and other paramedic personnel can substitute for physicians, and new technology is making remote monitoring of patients easier than ever before. All that is...
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What Paul Krugman Can Learn from Milton Friedman



Years ago, Milton Friedman was asked at a conference what he thought about different schools of economics (Chicago school, Austrian school, etc.) Friedman replied, “There are only two kinds of economics: good economics and bad economics.” I’m reminded of this by Krugman’s Monday column, in which he asserts that there is a Republican economic...
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Who Loses the Most Under Obamacare?



Chris Conover writes about ...the 3.8 million Americans that the RAND Corporation estimates will become newly uninsured as a result of this law. 2.5 million of these currently have employer-based coverage and another 1.3 million have non-group coverage. While there arguably are tens of millions of other losers created by this ill-conceived law, these...
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