James Capretta Archives - Ethics & Public Policy Center

The Fix to the ‘Doc Fix’ Is No Fix at All

The new physician-payment system approved by Congress will give the Medicare bureaucracy even more control over the practice of medicine.

The Budget Act at Forty: Time for Budget Process Reform

The Congressional Budget and Impoundment Control Act of 1974 was written for a different era. It’s time to update the process to reflect fiscal and political realities.

Unpacking The Burr-Hatch-Upton Plan

The Burr-Hatch-Upton plan is a viable alternative to the Affordable Care Act, with features that many Americans will find more attractive than current law.

An Unappealing ‘Doc Fix’

The “doc fix” legislation moving through Congress is flawed. It will permanently increase Medicare spending and open the door to more micromanagement of physician services by the federal government.

The GOP Must Use the Reconciliation Option Prudently

Last November, voters gave Republicans full control of Congress for the first time in eight years. The GOP should the most powerful tool at its disposal — budget reconciliation — to advance an agenda that’s right for the current moment.

Be Prepared

King v. Burwell could be an enormous opportunity for those opposed to Obamacare. But it will only offer such an opportunity if conservatives are prepared to give the states a serious alternative arrangement.

Why Not Cut the Payroll Tax?

The payroll tax is heavier burden for the middle class than the income tax. Conservatives should examine creative ways to scale back this tax as part of a broader reform plan.

More Fiscal Folly in the White House

The president’s plan expands entitlement commitments and tries to pay for them with tax hikes and spending cuts that will never last.

How Government-Run Health Care Happens

In the health system envisioned by the administration, HHS will direct how hospitals and doctors are to care for patients. If that’s not government-run health care, what is?

The Reform Tightrope

To be successful, the GOP presidential candidates must find language that conveys both a determination to pursue economic reforms and an attentiveness to the struggles of low and moderate income families.