Vol. 41, No. 5

A Note from the Chairman Emeritus

States have been called the laboratories of our democracy. They’re places where policy experiments are carried out. If the experiment is successful, the lessons are often applied nationwide.

A More Perfect Constitution – A Q&A with Larry Sabato

America’s favorite political scientist talks about his new book, “A More Perfect Constitution.”

So Far, So Good

When the Medicare Modernization Act was signed into law in December 2003, there were many predictions of problems implementing the new drug benefit.

Prescribing a Financial Fix for Post-Acute, Long Term Care

As greater numbers of patients and residents enter our nation’s long term care system, it is imperative that our policymakers address America’s entitlement programs.

Entitlement Reform: The 800 pound gorilla that’s being ignored in the 2008 campaign

When asked what they would do about fixing entitlement spending, with just a few exceptions, the current presidential candidates quickly retreat into clichés.

Leading the Way: Health Care Reform

California’s Health Secretary discusses Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s plan to reform health care in their state.

It’s Not Just in California

A look at some of the other health care reforms being pushed by Republican Governors around the country.

Schwarzenegger’s Health Care Plan: A Bridge too Far, or a Bridge to Nowhere?

The key question is not whether the Governor’s plan is good politics, but whether it is good policy.

Health Care Reality Check

The goal of any reform plan should be the same as the Hippocratic Oath: First, do no harm.

From Barefoot Doctors to Red Envelopes

China’s health care system is weighed down by a legacy of government control.

Should SCHIP be Expanded?

Yes, the program is working, and America’s families need the coverage.

Should SCHIP be Expanded?

No, it will result in bigger government, not better care for our children.

The Backpage: Above All, Try Something

It is common sense to take a method and try it. If it fails, admit it frankly and try another. But above all, try something.

Ripon Profile of Judy Biggert

We must work very hard to earn back the respect and trust of the American people.

Ripon Profile of Judy Biggert

Name: Judy Biggert

Hometown: Hinsdale, IL

Occupation: Member, U.S. House of Representatives, 13th District of Illinois

Previous Jobs: Member of the Illinois House of Representatives, 1993 – 1998; Attorney specializing in real estate, estate planning, and probate, 1975 – 1998; Clerk to The Honorable Luther M. Swygert, U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit, 1963 – 1964.

Individual(s) who inspired me as a child: When I was very little, my father told me that with a good education I could be anything in the world I wanted to be. Though I did not achieve my dream of becoming a ballerina, I truly believe that almost everything good in my life has come to me as the result of his encouragement and a good education.

Historical figure(s) I would most like to meet: Abraham Lincoln for his courage and Socrates for his wisdom.

Issue facing America that no one is talking about: We could be losing our edge in the physical sciences and R&D, threatening our position as the most creative and innovative nation in the world. According to Nobel Prize-winning economist Robert Solow, at least half of the total growth of the U.S. economy since World War II was brought about by science and technology innovations. To stay ahead in the global marketplace in the years to come, we must maintain a robust national investment in basic scientific research and encourage creative thinking and innovation now.

What the GOP must do to reclaim its congressional majority: We must work very hard to earn back the respect and trust of the American people. We will if we can demonstrate a renewed and unflinching commitment to fiscal discipline, economic growth, and the security of our nation. We can succeed if we return to the principles of our party: personal responsibility, less government intrusion, lower taxes and opportunity for all.