Health Policy

Sacramento Bee Focuses on Schwarzenegger's Embrace of New America Health Proposal

January 3, 2007

When Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger wanted to build public support for his eagerly awaited health care overhaul, he turned to a study by the New America Foundation.

The report, released recently by the nonpartisan [New America Foundation], concluded that the average family in California pays a $1,200 "hidden tax" to subsidize health care for the uninsured.

Len Nichols on Single-Payer Health Insurance in The New York Times

January 1, 2007

What is the most pressing problem facing the economy? A good case can be made for the developing health care crisis. Soaring costs, growing ranks of uninsured and a steady erosion of corporate health benefits add up to a giant drag on the nation’s future prosperity.

New America Joins Governor Schwarzenegger to Highlight Rising Costs of Uninsured

December 19, 2006

(WASHINGTON, DC) At an event today with Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, the New America Foundation released a report highlighting the hidden costs that all Californians pay due to the large number of those with little or no health care insurance coverage. Governor Schwarzenegger toured the emergency room at the California Hospital Medical Center in Los Angeles to highlight the hidden costs of the 6.5 million Californians without health care insurance.

A Premium Price

  • By
  • Len Nichols,
  • Peter Harbage,
  • New America Foundation
December 18, 2006

Health insurance is the primary method Californians use to access and pay for health care. However, millions of Californians have inadequate health insurance or lack coverage entirely. When care is needed, the first inclination for these families is to delay treatment that is too costly and then hope for the best. And when hope is not enough, these families are forced to seek treatment that they often cannot afford. When medical bills go unpaid, many health care providers shift the cost onto those who can pay -- the those with health insurance...

California Event: Health Care Reform

Tuesday, December 5, 2006 - 8:00am

Governor Schwarzenegger has said that the top goal he will announce next year is to expand health insurance coverage to all Californians. This half-day conference was designed to provide him and others with fresh answers to the hard questions of how coverage expansion can be financed and how responsibility could be shared among families, employers, and government.

From New England to the Golden Gate Bridge

  • By
  • Cristy Gallagher,
  • New America Foundation
November 20, 2006

Frustrated by the lack of action or even attention at the federal level, states and local governments are looking for creative ways to expand programs to reach the 47 million Americans without health insurance. There have already been a number of creative initiatives by states and localities over the last five years to cover more of the uninsured, which deserve our review.

It's Not the Economy, Stupid

  • By
  • Jacob Hacker,
  • New America Foundation
October 30, 2006 |

In the final days of this fall’s campaign, Republicans have turned to an unexpected issue: the economy. President Bush touted the nation’s prosperity last week, insisting that "a strong economy is going to help our candidates."

The Great Risk Shift

Wednesday, October 18, 2006 - 1:15pm

The safety net on which Americans once relied is fast unraveling. With retirement plans in growing jeopardy and health coverage eroding, more and more economic risk is being shifted away from government and business and onto the fragile shoulders of the American family. And no matter how well educated and hard working, many Americans fear that bankruptcy could be just one unexpected lay off or health crisis away.

The Great Risk Shift

October 5, 2006

America's leaders say the economy is strong and getting stronger. But ordinary Americans aren't buying it. They see what the rosy statistics hide: We are all struggling under the weight of terrifying economic instability. No matter how well educated and hard working we are, we know that the bottom can fall out at any moment. Meanwhile, the safety net that once protected us is fast unraveling. With retirement plans in growing jeopardy while health coverage erodes, more and more economic risk is shifting from government and business onto the fragile shoulders of the American family.

Enable a Moderate Health Care Solution

  • By
  • Len Nichols,
  • New America Foundation
September 30, 2006 |

From sea to shining sea, many Americans agree: Our health care system is broken. The uninsured now exceed 46 million and health costs keep growing faster than incomes, facts that strain household, employer, and government budgets alike. Awareness of mediocre quality and poor safety performance is spreading beyond academic whispers to mainstream headlines. Still, Washington fiddles and tries to change the subject. Why the chasm between awareness and action?

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