‘Right to Try’ Could Bring Hope to Tennessee Patients

Legislation introduced in Tennessee could give patients speedy access to drugs that have been...

Endlessly Slapped by ObamaCare

“I’m sorry sir,” the polite Healthcare.gov customer-service agent said. “There’s nothing I can do....

Dubious State of the Union Health Care Claims Answered

In his State of the Union address to Congress on January 20, President Obama made several...

HHS: Medicaid Patients Have Limited Access to Doctors

A new study by the Office of Inspector General for the Department of Health and Human Services...

Nevada Lawmaker Renews Fight for Public Pension Reform

As the gap between public pension liabilities and actual fund assets widens, one Nevada lawmaker is...

DOJ Abandons Civil Asset Forfeiture ‘Adoption’ Program

In late January, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder announced the end of a federal program allowing...
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Education

Behind the Sloganeering of School Choice Week

School Choice Weekly #72 Choice in itself can seem to be a dangerous concept. After all, the mere act of choosing something does not make that act good. I can choose to kick the dog or pet him. The mere freedom to make a choice does not ensure its wisdom. So it seems a little trite to celebrate generic “school choice.” Indeed, we already have universal school choice in the United States, in the...

Environment

States Challenge Federal Control of Western Lands

The large swaths of federal lands in western states are at the center of a debate over the future of tens of millions of acres between the eastern rim of the Rocky Mountains and the Pacific Ocean. Under the “Transfer of Public Lands Act,” signed into law in 2012 by Utah Gov. Gary Herbert (R), the federal government had until Dec. 31, 2014 to relinquish control of more than half of the 54.3...

U.S. Oil and Gas Reserves Soar

Continuing a trend that has sent ripples through global energy markets in recent years, U.S. oil and natural gas reserves hit new highs in 2013, according to a December 2014 Energy Information Administration report. Proved natural gas reserves rose 9.7 percent to reach a record 354 trillion cubic feet (tcf) at the end of 2013, the Energy Information Administration (EIA) reported, while proved oil...

Unintended and Unethical Climate Policy Consequences

Climate Change Weekly #156 Should governments act now to prevent the possibility of dangerous human-caused climate change, even if the chances for future harm are exceedingly small? Those who say yes often base their answer on the idea of intergenerational equity: Present generations should not impose harms on future generations who will play no role in and have no control over the factors...

Finance & Insurance

Self-Regulating ‘Sharing Economy’ Connects Buyers and Sellers

Businesses such as Airbnb or Uber, which directly connect consumers and service providers without the need for middlemen, empower consumers and create a self-regulating economy, according to a recent study from the Mercatus Center at George Mason University. As consumers’ power grows in the “sharing economy,” the need for government consumer protection declines. The paper defines a sharing...

A Well-Written Overview of Governments’ Economic Misdeeds

The Impending Monetary Revolution, the Dollar and Gold, Second Edition By Edmund Contoski; American Liberty Publishers, November 2014 281 pages, ISBN-13 978-0-9655007-1-5 $28.95 on publisher’s website, http://www.amlibpub.com/order.html The first edition of Edmund Contoski’s book The Impending Monetary Revolution, the Dollar and Gold was excellent, and it makes an outstanding textbook for a...

Study: Housing Bubble, Rising Caused Consumer Retail Prices to Rise

A new study has uncovered evidence the 2000s housing bubble affected the U.S. economy in previously unsuspected ways, by causing consumer prices to rise and fall based on the rate of homeownership in any particular area. In “House Prices, Local Demand, and Retail Prices,” New York University Assistant Professor of Finance Johannes Stroebel and University of Chicago Assistant Professor of...

Health

Dubious State of the Union Health Care Claims Answered

In his State of the Union address to Congress on January 20, President Obama made several statements concerning health care. Both his factual claims and his conclusions are dubious, as the following analysis shows. Paid Family and Sick Leave The president emphasized the plight of the 43 million American workers who do not have paid sick leave. He proposes to mandate employers provide seven days...

‘Right to Try’ Could Bring Hope to Tennessee Patients

Legislation introduced in Tennessee could give patients speedy access to drugs that have been proven safe and show promise in treating their medical conditions but have yet to clear all the hurdles of the federal drug approval process. Similar measures, called “Right to Try,” have passed in Arizona, Colorado, Louisiana, Michigan, and Missouri. Right to Try legislation would have benefited...

HHS: Medicaid Patients Have Limited Access to Doctors

A new study by the Office of Inspector General for the Department of Health and Human Services found half of all providers listed in Medicaid managed care plan are not available to new Medicaid patients, either because they are not at the listed location or they are but aren’t accepting new Medicaid patients. For doctors who are accepting new Medicaid patients, the average wait to get an...

Taxes

States Take the Lead on Transportation Fund Reform

Although some members of Congress are pressing for an increase in the federal gas tax, responsibility for funding transportation projects is increasingly shifting from the federal government to the states. With gasoline prices nearing a five-year low, a chorus of voices, including several influential Republican Senators—John Thune (R-SD), Bob Corker (R-TN) Jim Inhofe (R-OK), and Orrin Hatch...

DOJ Abandons Civil Asset Forfeiture ‘Adoption’ Program

In late January, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder announced the end of a federal program allowing local law enforcement to receive shares of assets seized from citizens without criminal charges or search warrants. Since 2008, the U.S. Justice Department’s “Equitable Sharing” civil asset forfeiture program seized more than $3 billion in citizens’ cash and property, seized as part of criminal...

Nevada Lawmaker Renews Fight for Public Pension Reform

As the gap between public pension liabilities and actual fund assets widens, one Nevada lawmaker is redoubling his efforts to defuse a ticking fiscal time bomb in the state. For several years, State Rep. Randy Kirner (R-Reno) has tried to reform the Nevada Public Employees’ Retirement System (NVPERS) by moving some of the $12 billion entitlement program from a defined-benefit system to a defined-...

Tech

Study: Netflix More Valuable Than Cable, Broadcast Among Millennials

In an observation that should surprise no one except a few cave-dwellers, a new study from NATPE/Content First and the Consumer Electronics Association has found that millennials find Netflix subscriptions more valuable than broadcast and cable subscriptions. There are, however, some useful insights to be gleaned if we look a little deeper. The study found that “51 percent of...

A Question for 2015: Is the FCC Unlawful?

In May 2001, I published a law review article titled, “The Public Interest Standard: Is It Too Indeterminate to Be Constitutional?” In the article, I suggested that the ubiquitous public interest standard, invoked in support of so much of the Federal Communications Commission’s regulatory activity, is so lacking in any “intelligible principle” that the standard is unconstitutional. After all, in...