American Enterprise Institute
The American Enterprise Institute (AEI) seeks to “defend the principles and improve the institutions of American freedom and democratic capitalism” through “limited government, private enterprise, individual liberty and responsibility, vigilant and effective defense and foreign policies, political accountability, and open debate.” Closely associated with Neo-Conservatism, the think tank has succeeded in placing many of its members in influential government positions.
The Brookings Institution – one of Washington's oldest think tanks, is an independent, nonpartisan organization devoted to research, analysis, and public education with an emphasis on economics, foreign policy, governance, and metropolitan policy.
Cato Institute – Named after Cato’s Letters, a series of pamphlets published in England in the 1720s (which helped lay the philosophical foundation for the American Revolution), Cato’s mission is “to broaden the parameters of public policy debate to allow consideration of the traditional American principles of limited government, individual liberty, free markets, and peace.”
Commonwealth Fund – promoting a high-performing health care system that achieves better access, improved quality, and greater efficiency, particularly for society's most vulnerable, including but not limited to low-income people and the uninsured.
Galen Institute – a not-for-profit think tank in Washington, DC, that promotes a free health care market, believing that this will best encourage research and innovation, provide better access to new medical technologies; and will lead to lower costs, expanded choice, and increased access to better medical care.
The Hastings Center – Since its inception in 1969, the Hastings Center has addressed fundamental ethical issues in the areas of health, health care, and life sciences research.
Kaiser Family Foundation
Founded in 1948, the Kaiser Family Foundation focuses on major healthcare issues, predominantly from a US perspective. It has grown into one of the most respected non-partisan sources for up-to-date and accurate information on health policy. Despite an original association, the Foundation is no longer affiliated with Kaiser Permanente or Kaiser Industries.
The RAND ( for “Research ANd Development”) organization was originally founded in 1948 by the Douglas Aircraft Company and had a military focus. To date, the RAND Health Insurance Experiment [LINK => http://www.rand.org/health/projects/HIE-40.html] has been the largest prospective study conducted by health economists and marked a milestone of the discipline. Today, RAND is funded by the US government, a private endowment, universities, and major corporations (especially healthcare). RAND entertains one of the world’s largest PhD-granting programs in Policy Analysis, and publishes the peer-reviewed RAND Journal of Economics.