Reihan Salam

Should Congress create a national health-care exchange?

By Reihan Salam
March 22, 2013

One of the core ideas behind the Affordable Care Act (ACA), President Obama’s ambitious and very controversial effort to expand access to medical insurance, is that state governments will work with the federal government to make high-quality care more accessible and affordable by creating subsidized state-based insurance exchanges. For those who aren’t covered by employer-sponsored insurance or Medicare or Medicaid, the exchanges are meant to offer a range of affordable insurance plans, with subsidies varying by household income.

Paul Ryan, Patty Murray and a budget walk into a bar

By Reihan Salam
March 15, 2013

This week, House Republicans and Senate Democrats released budget resolutions that illustrate the chasm that separates the two parties.

To create growth, unleash the invisible foot

By Reihan Salam
March 1, 2013

Across the political spectrum, there is a growing recognition that while short-term battles over government spending are important, they would be far less ferocious and intense if our economy were growing at a faster clip. But while conservatives and liberals alike clamor for more growth, they disagree about how to produce it. The key is unleashing what the economist Joseph Berliner once called the “Invisible Foot,” the neglected counterpart to Adam Smith’s “Invisible Hand.”