James C. Capretta

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  • Oct 4, 2021
    Political candidates often champion far-reaching reforms to control costs in U.S. health care, such as switching to a single-payer scheme, but the existing system is too vast and...
  • Sep 14, 2021
    The Biden administration and its allies in Congress want to use fast-track rules — budget reconciliation — to push their $3.5 trillion spending plan through the House and...
  • Sep 6, 2021
    With Medicare for All shelved for the time being (due to President Biden’s opposition and lack of broad political support), the “public option” is seen by...
  • Aug 19, 2021
    The House is expected to take up the Senate-passed budget resolution next week and thereby set the stage for consideration of an epic, $3.5 trillion tax-spend-and-borrow...
  • Aug 9, 2021
    There are gimmicks, and then there are gimmicks. Some are relatively harmless, and can be helpful when they grease enactment of bills with positive effects that outweigh them. There...
  • Jun 21, 2021
    The all-consuming COVID-19 pandemic has pushed many pressing matters off of the national agenda, including better control of rising health expenses. It also upended political...
  • Jun 1, 2021
    Although President Biden began his term more than four months ago, his first budget submission to Congress, released last Friday, is a less complete offering than is typical, and...
  • May 14, 2021
    Advocates of regulating medical-care costs contend that reliance on market competition would leave too many people without secure insurance. The implication is that only Medicare for...
  • Apr 2, 2021
    There are two ways to discipline medical expenses: through government-enforced regulations, or with effective market competition. U.S. officials have never fully embraced either,...
  • Mar 24, 2021
    The Biden administration’s first budget will be clarifying when it is finally unveiled. Rarely has so much consequential tax and spending policy been up for grabs, with the...
  • Feb 15, 2021
    What is the Biden administration’s fiscal policy? That is an open question that might be answered when the president lays out “building back better” plan in the...