Joe White is Luxenberg Family Professor of Public Policy in the Department of Political Science at Case Western Reserve University. His research focuses on health care policy and politics in the United States and other rich democracies, budget politics and policy in the United States, and especially health care spending. He is author or co-author of three books and over six dozen articles or book chapters. Among his most recent research is work with the OECD Joint Network of Fiscal and Health Officials on the Fiscal Sustainability of Health Systems.

Recent Posts by Joseph White

Reform The ‘Cadillac Tax’ To Target Rich Benefits, Not High Costs

Some of the advocacy for the excise tax is misguided, but its marketing as a tax on luxury coverage states a principle that should be part of national health policy. It should be fixed so it applies to a clear definition of relatively luxurious benefits.

The Mixed (De)Merits Of ‘Bending The Cost Curve’

Political scientists emphasize the importance of “framing” in policy debates.  The health care cost control debate in the United States has been reframed by the promotion of a metaphor, “bending the curve.”  This metaphor has merits but they are decidedly mixed. The sudden popularity of the...

Cadillacs Or Ambulances? The Senate Tax On ‘Excessive’ Benefits

Editor’s Note: For more on the controversy over taxing high-cost health plans, see “Taxing Cadillac Health Plans May Produce Chevy Results,” a Health Affairs Web First article by Jon Gabel and coauthors published today. The Senate “Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act”...

Dangerous Confusion On Medicare Cost Control

In a May 15 Health Affairs Blog post, Jeff Goldsmith argues against creating a new Medicare-like public health insurance plan to compete with private plans. As part of his argument, Goldsmith asserts that Medicare has done a worse job of controlling costs than private insurers have done....