Making Ideas
Change the World

Creating jobs, liberating taxpayers,

empowering patients, and more…

What We Have Accomplished

Turning Ideas
into Public Policy

Health Savings Accounts

Because of the idea of Health Savings Accounts, more than 30 million people are managing some of their own health care dollars in accounts they own and control.

401(k) Plans

Because of automatic enrollment in diversified portfolios, 16 million employees are enjoying higher and safer returns.

Social Security

Because of another idea, 78 million baby boomers are able to work beyond age 65 without losing Social Security benefits.

Roth IRAs

Because of the idea of Roth IRAs, $265 billion in savings has been taxed once and will never be taxed again.

Quarterly
Reports

Welcome to the Goodman Institute

Leveraging People, Money, and Ideas.

Governor Pete du Pont

With Gratitude to Governor du Pont, who has worked with John and Jeanette Goodman for many years.

Recent Commentaries

What’s New

The $3.5T Spending Mistake

The $3.5T Spending Mistake

Congressional Democrats are proposing to spend an enormous amount of taxpayer dollars on what the New York Times calls a “cradle to the grave” addition to U.S. social welfare. When budgeting shenanigans are ignored, the Committee for a...

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Congress v. Seniors

Congress v. Seniors

From the earliest days of Obamacare, many progressives argued for a public option. The idea was simple: let a government-run plan compete on a level playing field against private insurance. Progressives believed that the public plan would...

read more
Why Americans Are Not Anxious To Get Back To Work

Why Americans Are Not Anxious To Get Back To Work

The latest jobs report was dismal. Only 194,000 people were newly employed last month, well below the 500,000 that analysts were predicting. There are 5 million fewer people employed today than before the Covid epidemic struck...

read more
Social Security Debt up $6.8T

Social Security Debt up $6.8T

The Social Security Trustees just released their annual report on the system’s finances. The news is awful. Most people know that the system’s future benefit promises are greater than its future payroll tax (FICA) revenues....

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Kotlikoff: Why is the FDA Harming our Kids?

Kotlikoff: Why is the FDA Harming our Kids?

The ongoing delta variant wave has left parents terrified and desperate to protect their children. No wonder. At least 358 children have died of COVID-19. Thousands of our children have been hospitalized. Between August and early...

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Goodman: Why we are Divided

Goodman: Why we are Divided

Larry Elder is a talk show host who is running for governor of California. On September 14, California voters will have the opportunity to recall their current governor, Gavin Newsom. Should that happen, voters will choose Newsom’s...

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The Truth About Inequality

The Truth About Inequality

Inequality is almost universally condemned by the intellectual elite. But most of the rest of the world doesn’t think inequality is such a bad thing. According to polling by Gallup, there are 138 million people in the world...

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Where Have All the Economists Gone?

Where Have All the Economists Gone?

The Bureau of Labor Statistics says there are 18,650 economists in the United States. You have to wonder what they are all doing? No one is better qualified to comment on the economic effects of public policies than economists. Yet, only...

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Savings and Gramm: How the Fed is Slowing Monetary Growth

Savings and Gramm: How the Fed is Slowing Monetary Growth

Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell last month told the House Banking Committee “it would be a mistake” to tighten monetary policy “at a time when virtually all forecasters” believe that inflation “will come down” on its own. His...

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Study: Inequality Greatly Exaggerated

Study: Inequality Greatly Exaggerated

BY LAURENCE KOTLIKOFF AND JOHN GOODMAN Are the rich paying their fair share of taxes? Judgments may differ, but one thing is certain. As a group, the rich pay the largest share of all. In 2018, for example, the top 1 percent of taxpayers...

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The $3.5T Spending Mistake

The $3.5T Spending Mistake

Congressional Democrats are proposing to spend an enormous amount of taxpayer dollars on what the New York Times calls a “cradle to the grave” addition to U.S. social welfare. When budgeting shenanigans are ignored, the Committee for a...

read more
Congress v. Seniors

Congress v. Seniors

From the earliest days of Obamacare, many progressives argued for a public option. The idea was simple: let a government-run plan compete on a level playing field against private insurance. Progressives believed that the public plan would...

read more
Why Americans Are Not Anxious To Get Back To Work

Why Americans Are Not Anxious To Get Back To Work

The latest jobs report was dismal. Only 194,000 people were newly employed last month, well below the 500,000 that analysts were predicting. There are 5 million fewer people employed today than before the Covid epidemic struck...

read more
Social Security Debt up $6.8T

Social Security Debt up $6.8T

The Social Security Trustees just released their annual report on the system’s finances. The news is awful. Most people know that the system’s future benefit promises are greater than its future payroll tax (FICA) revenues....

read more

Public Policy Research

Leveraging People,
Money and Ideas

Our Role in Tax Reform

Goodman Institute scholars Laurence Kotlikoff and Alan Auerbach were the intellectual source of the Ryan/Brady (“Better Way”) tax reform proposal. They are also the leading intellectual defenders of tax reform, drawing on the most sophisticated and accurate economic models that exist.

Our Role in Health Reform

We are witnessing a radical transformation of the U.S. health care system. Although health care is the most regulated market in our economy, we have recently witnessed massive deregulation — partly in response to the coronavirus threat. These changes were only possible because of three years of prior effort by the Trump administration. Many of the core ideas were pioneered by Goodman Institute health economists.

Health Care Briefing With Newt Gingrich

Former Congresswoman Nan Hayworth, Newt Gingrich and I discuss healthcare in the next election and beyond. Newt and I have a mutual admiration society that goes back many years. Newt has always been an outlier among Republican politicians when it comes to the topic of health care – aggressively searching for solutions instead of avoiding the subject.

Sessions/Cassidy Health Plan

  • Abolishes the ObamaCare mandates.
  • Repeals all of the anti-job provisions of ObamaCare
  • Repeals thousands of pages of additional regulations.
  • Deregulates and denationalizes the health insurance marketplace in every state.
  • Offers all Americans a universal tax credit (similar to the child tax credit) for health insurance premiums and deposits to Health Savings Accounts.
  • Lets employees earn higher wages by eliminating waste in their health plans.

New Partnership: Health Care News

The Goodman Institute for Public Policy has agreed to partner with Heartland to ensure the newspaper’s survival going forward. This new partnership could not have come at a better time. Polls consistently show that healthcare is the number one issue with voters.

The Environmental Blog

This Goodman Institute inspired blog is about appreciating the environment and protecting it using the tools of economics. Your blog manager is Jane Shaw Stroup, a former senior fellow of the Property and Environment Research Center..

Our Scholars

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What They
Are Saying

Many years ago I read a book called Patient Power. It was… written by Musgrave and Goodman. John Goodman is… known as the Father of Health Savings Accounts.

Sean Hannity

American commentator

They’ve developed innovative ideas on how to create a better health system, a less expensive health system, a health system with more access for well over two decades.

Newt Gingrich

Former Speaker of the House of Representatives

John Goodman is the leading expert on free market proposals for probably the most dysfunctional 1/6th of our economy that exists. He does a spectacular job.

Jeb Bush

Former Governor of Florida

Our Priorities

The Goodman Institute is doing work not done by any other organization – especially in the areas of tax, health care and entitlement policy. Without our work the nation might not have obtained tax reform. Now we need to defend it.

We work with the best scholars from around the country on the nation’s most difficult public policy problems. Our mission is to find private alternatives to government programs that aren’t working. Ideas have enormous potential to change the course of human events.

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