James C. Capretta

Proposals to Reform the President’s Budget and the Congressional Budget Process

Today’s budget process does not facilitate executive-legislative agreement, or help policymakers focus on long-term entitlement spending, which is the country’s primary fiscal challenge.

The Increasing Instability of Obamacare

Obamacare is financially and politically unstable because very few middle-class families are signing up for coverage through the law’s exchanges.

Donald Trump’s Empty Health Care Promises

Donald Trump says he will make health care great again. But his brief sketch of a plan would destabilize insurance markets and increase the ranks of the uninsured.

A Party Is Only as Good as Its Principles

Going into the 2016 election cycle, Republicans had a golden opportunity. All that was needed was general consensus within the party on the important features of a governing agenda for the future, and a strong, reform-minded presidential nominee who could ride that agenda to victory in November.


Beware of a Supreme Court ‘Solution’ for the Little Sisters

The Supreme Court would do great harm to religious liberty if imposed a “solution” in the Little Sisters case that produces the outcome the administration has been seeking all along.

The Trump Plan: Big Tax Hikes or Big Deficits

Trump’s pledge to reduce deficits by eliminating waste, fraud, and abuse is the most tired, canned answer in the book. It is what politicians say when they have no real ideas.

The Independent Payment Advisory Board

The IPAB is an unelected and unaccountable technocratic body trampling on the legislative prerogatives of Congress. It should be repealed as soon as possible.

Don’t Forget About the IPAB

The concept of the IPAB has taken a beating in Congress but the legal authorization for it remains on the federal books. Opponents must keep working until they have the opportunity to repeal it once and for all.

The Original Understanding of the Role of Congress and How Far We’ve Drifted From It

Congress has written into law many permanent appropriations that cede power to the executive branch. It is time to begin reversing that trend.

No, Rubio’s Plan Does Not Include an Individual Mandate

It’s a reasonable attempt to equalize treatment for job-based and individual coverage.