Government and Policy Think Tank Reports
Various government offices produce nonpartisan reports:
Congressional Budget Office (CBO)
The CBO carries out analytical studies mainly per requests from Congressional Committees or Subcommittees. The studies focus on a wide array of subject matter. Health-related reports are available online from 1976 to present.
General Accountability Office (GAO) Reports (1994- )
The GAO is the investigative arm of Congress. It is assigned to support Congress in meeting its constitutional responsibilities and to help improve the performance and accountability of the Federal Government. The majority of GAO reports are complete per the request of Congressional members.
Congressional Research Service Reports (CRS Reports)
The Congressional Research Service is the research arm of the Library of Congress. It is a think tank that provides non-partisan, comprehensive reports to Congressional members on a vast range of topics dealing with political issues. A search engine on the top of the page can be used to access articles to particular topics. LexisNexis Congressional Research Digital Collection Historical Archive provides full text of Congressional Research Service Reports (1916-present).
Policy think tanks and research institutes also produce and publish many policy reports. To search for these, try searching the following database:
CQ Researcher is a database that covers news and policy issues involved in topics including health and the economy. User name, barcode number, and PIN number required for off-campus access. This database is available via D'Amour Library.
This RSS Feed is produced by the CATO Institute in Washington, D.C. Its proclaimed mission is "to increase the understanding of public policies based on the principles of limited government, free markets, individual liberty, and peace." This RSS Feed provides their latest information on health insurance.
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Kaiser Family Foundation
The Kaiser Family Foundation is a non-profit, private operating foundation focusing on the major health care issues facing the U.S., as well as the U.S. role in global health policy. The Foundation serves as a non-partisan source of facts, information, and analysis for policymakers, the media, the health care community, and the public. Their website is one of the best sources for information on health care issues.
Doing Health Care Reform the Right Way: Putting states back in charge
Presented by the Hudson Institute - a nonpartisan policy research organization, founded by stategist Herman Kahn, focused on research and analysis that promotes global security, prosperity, and freedom. Helpful articles are published on this site.
Summary - Hudson Institute was pleased to host Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT), the Ranking Republican on the Senate Committee on Finance, as he laid out his ideas for meaningful reform of the American health care system. Sen. Hatch argued that, by empowering States to act as fifty laboratories of democracy, a decentralized reform effort will better address the particular needs of states and local communities. This approach worked in the highly successful welfare reform of the 1990s, and it, Sen. Hatch believes, will work again to bring down skyrocketing health care costs and reform unsustainable entitlement programs such as Medicaid.
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